Over the years, the prevalence of partial or total tooth loss in adults has decreased, however research suggests, that in the UK 57% of adults have missing teeth.
With many tooth replacement options available in modern dentistry, the S3 Dental team love the advantages provided by dental implants.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post made to act like a tooth root. It is placed into the jawbone, and a porcelain crown (like any regular crown) is placed on top of the implant, supported by an ‘implant abutment’. A dental implant looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth.
They can be used for a variety of different purposes such as replacing single teeth, replacing missing teeth, or even full-mouth teeth replacement, where they are used to support dentures or bridges.
With current advances in modern dental technology, dental implants have become the most preferred and most effective solution for replacing missing teeth. They are favored over dental bridges for single-tooth replacement, and dentures for multiple tooth-replacement - and here are the reasons why:
- Look, feel and act like natural teeth. People usually don’t notice any difference
- Are the strongest and longest-lasting replacement for missing teeth
- Let you talk, chew and exert pressure just like with natural teeth
- Don’t require alteration to the structure of adjacent teeth, as with dental bridges
- Deter or prevent bone loss that occurs when teeth are lost.
- By filling the gap, they keep adjacent teeth stable and prevent bacteria from accumulating that could lead to gum disease
Minimally Invasive Treatment
With advanced technology, placing dental implants has become a minimally invasive procedure, resulting in little or no post-operative pain or discomfort. Here are S3 we use guided surgery, using advanced radiography, we can create a digital surgical template for precise, optimal placement of your implants. This helps your implant to look very natural, complementing the features of your face, while at the same time correcting your bite and ability to chew.
Alternatives - Dental Bridges
Although in some situations dental bridges may be advantageous, there are many reasons why implants offer a better long term solution. A bridge consists of porcelain crowns supported or anchored by adjacent teeth that have been capped. It is used to replace one or more missing teeth.
A bridge requires one or two usually healthy teeth to be cut down, which is not an ideal way of replacing a missing tooth compared to a dental implant. Bridges tend to have short lifespans, from five to 15 years, compared to a dental implant which can last a lifetime with proper care. So while a bridge can sometimes be more economical initially, in the long run a dental implant can cost you less.
- Dentures have only 10% or less of normal chewing power, making it difficult to eat food you want and need
- Dentures reply mainly on suction, meaning they may have to be kept in the mouth using adhesives
- Dentures have to be removed for cleaning
- Dentures cover the roof your palate, interfering with your sense of taste and perception of heat.
- Dentures encourage bone loss in the jaw bone but continuously rubbing against it during function.
Free Dental Implant Consultation
Dental Implants offer an effective, long-lasting solution for missing teeth. Find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants and what options are available to you. Our special offer includes:
- Consultation with our experienced implant dentists
- Discuss treatment options
- Learn more about dental implants
- All of your questions answered.
Contact your nearest S3 Dental Surgery to book in for your free implant consultation.
Online Booking For New Patients
New patients are able to register and book online by clicking the BOOK ONLINE button below.
This will open up a new page in your browser and allow you to register and book your appointment at a convenient time to you. You will also be able to select if you wish to be seen as a Private patient or on the NHS. You will need your mobile telephone and an email address to register and book. Please ensure you receive confirmation via email that your appointment has been booked. In your confirmation email you will also receive a link, which you will need to download and fill in your MEDICAL HISTORY and SOCIAL HISTORY forms. You will need to bring these documents filled in to your dental appointment along with 1 form of photo identification and one recent utility bill as proof of address. If you are on any NHS exemptions, you will need to bring proof of this to your appointment, otherwise you will need to pay for your treatment on the day.
We ask that you attend approximately 15 minutes before your appointment to complete your registration on the day.
Please note that we have a strict failed or missed appointment policy, and if you miss your appointment, you will no longer be able to book any further appointments at S3 Dental.
We look forward to seeing you.
Online Booking For New Patients
Existing patients can now book an appointment for an examination or problem via our online booking facility.
Please click on the link below, where you will be directed to our online booking system.
Once the page loads, be sure to select "existing patient" at the top of the page and then proceed to book your appointment.
Alternatively you can use the CONTACT page and send us a message, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.