Missing teeth or an ill-fitting denture can significantly impact your life, affecting your self-confidence, your ability to eat your favourite foods and causing embarrassment when you smile.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are an aesthetically-pleasing and functional option to fill the gaps. Implants have a titanium surface which stimulates bone cells to integrate into the surface of the implant, allowing for a biological union. This secures them and allows crowns, bridges or dentures to be fixed on top –just like your natural tooth structure.
Our in-house laboratory is fitted with the best state-of-the-art technology, which enables us to achieve incredibly accurate and aesthetic restorations. What’s more, as the laboratory is on-site, your dental technician is always here to allow a provide personalised service for advanced photography and shade matching. Same-day alterations and additions can also be carried out on any restoration for the perfect finish
Types of dental implant solutions
Single Implants: If you are missing a single tooth, we can replace this with a single dental implant and a crown over the top. The single dental implant is made up of a titanium screw which is inserted into the jawbone.
Mini Dental Implants: Mini dental implants are used to secure dentures. These small titanium alloy implants are inserted into your jawbone and act as an anchor to stabilise your lower denture. If your denture(s) is old and worn, you may need a new one. At your free consultation, we can assess the quality of your existing denture(s) and explain how they will work with mini dental implants.
All-on-4™: This revolutionary technique can replace a full arch of permanent teeth with just four implants. It is ideal for patients with loose dentures, failing crown or bridge work, or severe bone loss or gum recession.
Two of the four implants are placed at the back of the mouth at an angle with two parallel implants at the front which supports a fixed bridge and ensures maximum stability. Furthermore, the implants can be placed and the bridge fitted on the same day.
Advantages of dental implants:
- Helps prevent further bone loss as it is supported
- Restores full mouth functionality to the patient, eliminating food restrictions
- Can replace a full set of dentures and does not interfere with speech
- Implants have been found to be stronger and support the bite forces better than dentures and other non-permanent solutions.
Common questions about dental implants
How long will my dental implant last for?
Due to the time that we take with treatment planning and oral health care, your implant should be a permanent solution. At Queensway, we are proud of our exceptional success rates which are above both the national and global estimated averages.
In a recent audit of 1017 implants placed over a six-year period, there was a cumulative success rate of 99.8%. In total, only 11 of these implants failed, reasons including complexity and patient’s general health. Of the 11, two were replaced with bridges and nine were replaced with new implants free of charge.
I’m very anxious, is it going to hurt?
Dental implants can be placed under local anaesthetic, so you will not feel any pain during the procedure; however, you may experience slight discomfort after the surgery. For patients who are extremely nervous, or for more complex, longer cases, all our implant dentists are trained and experienced in administering conscious sedation.
How do I look after my dental implants?
Proper maintenance is extremely important to ensure the longevity of your implant. If neglected the implant could develop a coat of residue, just like how plaque forms on natural teeth, and this could cause infection and bleeding. We would recommend regular visits to our hygienist team who are experienced with implant maintenance and will give you advice and useful tips for cleaning and general care.
To find out if you could benefit from dental implants, book a free consultation at Queensway Dental Billingham or Jesmond today.