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Missing Teeth » Dental Implants

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Why Replace Missing Teeth with Implants?

When it comes to replacing missing teeth there are of course a range of options to choose from:

  1. Doing nothing at all
  2. Dental bridges
  3. Dentures
  4. Dental implants

Sometimes leaving the space and doing nothing at all is a perfectly acceptable option. However, what tends to happen is that if you have teeth on either side of the gap and teeth opposing the gap, these teeth have a tendency to drift. Luckily, this can be fixed with our dental implants in Derby.

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This tooth drifting can cause the teeth on either side to collapse into the space and the opposing to drift down. In the image above, look at the tooth opposite the gap. Notice how the gum margin has dropped down with the tooth. Also, this creates a potential cosmetic problem on this tooth.

With the adjacent teeth collapsing in, this can mean that if you eventually decide to replace the missing tooth at a later date this procedure can be compromised due to the position of the surrounding teeth.

We therefore recommend that whenever it is possible, one should consider replacing a missing tooth as soon as it has been lost. Because our Derby dental implant has a minimal impact on the surrounding teeth (dental bridges often require reduction of healthy tooth structure on either side of the gap), they are often the preferred option for dentists and patients.

Dental Implants vs Bridges

The following video looks at dental implants versus dental bridges and explains why a dental implant is often the preferred option.

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What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is designed to replace the missing root and to hold the artificial tooth in place.

Dental implants as replacement for natural tooth

A dental implant mimics nature: it is designed to be firmly anchored in the jaw and to hold the tooth in place. The implant is a small part made of titanium, titanium alloy or ceramics – materials which are generally well-tolerated by the human body. Also, titanium has been shown to bond well with the human bone. All of our dental implants at our Derby practice are made of titanium.

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Placing an implant

The dental implant is surgically inserted under local anaesthetic. Once healed, the artificial root acts as a base for the visible top of the tooth.

The dental implant can be used to replace

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The success of your implant treatment depends on a thorough diagnosis, an individual consultation and a competent dental treatment. Always ask your dentist about the risks and benefits of an implant treatment.

For more information or to arrange a consultation, please call us on 01332 345222

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We have also created a free guide which will answer the most common questions everyone has about these treatments. Our guide is free and available for immediate download.

"11 Things Everyone Should Know about Replacing Missing Teeth"

In order to help you find out more about replacing missing teeth, we have created a comprehensive downloadable PDF guide. The document is free and available for immediate download.

Find out about:

  • Are you a candidate for dental implants?
  • Where can I find a dental implant in Derby?
  • What happens if you don't replace missing teeth?
  • Will you really need to wear dentures?
  • How much will treatment cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • What are the downsides?
  • Will it hurt?
  • Plus lots more...

A special report by Dr Daniel Murphy.

Dr Daniel Murphy

The following dental implant video walks through treatment in diagrammatic form. It talks specifically about:

  • dental implant planning
  • the implant procedure and process
  • the reasons to consider dental implants
  • problems associated with having dental implants plus the problems associated with not having dental implants
  • how the implant treatment is made up
  • the components of the dental implant

It's worth watching the following video…

Sinus lift

Sinus lift

Before an implant can be placed, some patients will require surgical preparation in the upper jaw to ensure there is enough bone tissue into which the implant can be secured.

When the upper jaw has had no teeth for some time, the bone and surrounding tissues begin to disappear. If this occurs, there may not be sufficient levels of dense bone to place an implant. Fortunately, science has advanced a great deal in this area and one solution is to perform a sinus lift. You can ask for this kind of dental implant at our Derby practice.

Sinus lift

A sinus lift is an oral surgical procedure that extends into the sinus cavity above the jaw and packs bone graft material into this space. This graft material will be incorporated by the surrounding bone and form a solid structure very similar to bone. After a waiting period, the site will be checked and once an adequate bone density level is achieved, your implant will be ready for placement.