There are several options out there for people who have lost some or all of their teeth. This isn’t an uncommon experience, in fact, 6% of British adults have no teeth at all, meaning that they use some kind of teeth replacement system so that they can eat and speak without hindrance.
Of the models available, dentures and dental implants in Herefordshire are the most popular. The former are a lower cost option that do come with some complications over time but are predominately used for individuals who are unable to receive the latter. The implant system is fast becoming the option of preference, as the several decades of hassle-free wear that can be obtained from them are desirable for people who not only have lost all of their teeth, but have only lost one or two as well.
The fact that this treatment is so diverse allows for a great many number of people to reap the benefits. There is no upper age limit, as long as the patient is of good health and has no uncontrolled underlying health conditions that may have a severe impact on the healing of the site, such as gum disease or diabetes.
How does it work?
After an initial consultation with a dentist who will assess the situation both by talking to their patient and by taking some scans, further plans can be made that are specific to their patient’s unique situation. Some individuals who have experienced a significant amount of their jaw bone receding may need to have some prior treatment, such as a sinus lift or bone graft to ensure there is enough bone there to support the implant.
For others, the direct application of the implant can ensue, which begins with a minor surgical procedure to insert a titanium metal rod at the correct site. Titanium is used as it is a material that naturally bonds with the bone, allowing for the durability and longevity of the final result that is so desirable with this treatment.
Depending on whether the patient is looking to replace a single tooth or to secure an entire set of teeth to their jaw, the location of the implant will differ. For those looking for denture stabilisation or ‘same day teeth’, then four implants will be used in strategic positions that maximise comfort and minimise healing time.
How long will it take to have a complete smile again?
Same Day Teeth is a treatment that offers exactly this and patients can walk out of a single appointment with a completely new set of teeth to use and enjoy. Healing time will be about 6 weeks or so and for those who are replacing a single tooth, there is a possibility that they will not have their crown placed onto the implant until after this time.
It will take several months to determine whether the treatment was a complete success, as it will take this amount of time to see whether the titanium is beginning to bond with the jaw bone to create that durable and long-lasting result.