Dental Implants In Reading at The Elms Dental Practice
Missing teeth replacement
Dental implants are an excellent replacement for missing teeth and we are pleased to offer our valued patients this exceptional treatment here at Elms Dental Practice.
Over the last few years, dental implant treatment has become much more refined and advanced, and it now sits as the ‘gold standard’ in tooth replacement technology. These innovative devices are made to look and feel exactly like natural teeth, and can last an entire lifetime if they are maintained well.
Why Dental Implants?
Implants replace the tooth root, not just the missing tooth above the gum line. This provides many benefits, avoiding lots of issues associated with methods which only replace the tooth and not the full root as well.
There is no need to treat the surrounding natural teeth as with a bridge and implants tend to be much easier to clean and maintain compared to dentures and bridges. As implants are fixed, they really do feel very natural and secure and allow you to eat anything you wish and smile confidently once again.
I Have A Whole Arch Of Teeth Missing - Can Dental Implants Help?
Using dental implant technology and high quality titanium implants, we can replace entire arches of teeth, or just a single missing tooth, depending on what you need. In all cases the implant provides a secure and natural base for replacement teeth. We can also provide treatment extremely quickly in the event of an accident or injury where you find you require tooth replacement on an emergency basis.
Are Dental Implants A Good Option For Everyone?
Dental implants are suitable for lots of people, but they aren't the best option for everyone.
The health of your jawbone is central to whether or not implants are the right option for you. This is because there has to be the right amount of jawbone for your dental implants to bond to. During the healing process the implants will become part of your body as the bone and the titanium bond securely, providing the most natural replacement for your tooth root possible. Certain lifestyle choices like smoking affect the quality of the jawbone, and smoking also affects your ability to heal well. We want to ensure you are suitable for treatment, but that the treatment will also work for your long-term, so that you're making a worthwhile investment.
Where we find that your jaw bone has degraded, it may be possible to use bone grafting techniques to increase its density and allow implant treatment to go-ahead.
Before treatment is agreed we invite you for an initial consultation to discuss jawbone health,perform diagnostics like X-rays and answer questions you may have and examine your teeth and gums. If you are a suitable candidate for dental implants we can provide you with timescales and transparent cost information. If you aren't suitable, we can provide you with other options for tooth replacement so you can still restore your smile and replace missing teeth for improved oral health.
What Can I Expect From The Implant Process?
When you have implant treatment, you will be in a process of healing for a few months following the implantation procedure. Your implant goes through something called osseointegration where the bone and implant bond together, and this process can take between 3 and 6 months. The entire treatment process will be similar to the following:
How Do I Maintain My Implants?
You can expect lots of care and maintenance information throughout treatment to ensure you know how to look after your implants long-term.
What is fantastic about dental implants is that once they are healed, they are part of your body and you can treat your crowns exactly like natural teeth. You will need to floss and brush effectively as before, and make regular visits to the dentist. We will also ask you to come in for check-ups to ensure your implants are in the best possible condition.
How Can I Get Modern Tooth Replacement Treatment With Implants?
If you have suffered with a smile that has been missing teeth for too long, or you have tried dentures but they are sore and loose, please get in touch with us to discuss dental implant treatment. Call our friendly reception team on 0118 942 7951 to find out more today!