The decision to replace your missing teeth with dental implants is an excellent investment in your oral health and appearance. Claremont Dental Practice can help you to improve your quality of life and find the right solution for you to restore functionality and help improve your smile and increase your overall confidence.
At Claremont Dental Practice, we use the Straumann® Dental Implant System which is one of the best documented, with more than 35 years of extensive scientific, clinical evidence and support by more than 700 scientific publications and is A pioneer and global leader in implant dentistry
How Implants can help you?
Implants are more than a dental restoration and can bring back quality of life, comfort and aesthetics.
Improve your ability to eat, speak and laugh
Dental implants from Straumann bring back the benefits and sense of security that come with having strong healthy teeth. Indulge in the comfort of former times when you bite with confidence into that apple and laugh again with ease. Feel confident and carefree once again while interacting with people – whether it’s a business discussion, chatting freely with friends and family, or simply enjoying the pleasure of a kiss.
Looks do matter to you
When we talk about healthy teeth, it is not only their function to which we refer. Teeth play a central role in your physical appearance and smiling is also good for your health. For this reason, Implant restorations are made to match your natural teeth and give you back your smile.
Lift your appearance and smile with confidence
Natural-looking implant-borne teeth not only give you back a confident smile, they also transfer the chewing power back to the jaw bone. This is vital for healthy bone stimulation and maintains the shape of your face.
IMPLANTS HELP PRESERVE YOUR FACIAL STRUCTURE
Why the jaw bone needs teeth to stay in shape?
In a healthy mouth, the tooth root transmits chewing forces to the jaw, and this helps to maintain the bone. In such conditions, teeth and bone should remain stable. If one or more teeth are lost, these forces cease and the bone may slowly recede. As a result, neighbouring teeth may also move inwards, creating additional gaps, as shown in the illustration below.
Fig. 1: Initial situation Fig. 2: Long-term bone recession
If you suffer from multiple tooth loss, bone atrophy and facial change may persist after conventional restorations, such as bridges or partial prosthesis. On the contrary, dental implant therapy can help to prevent the gradual bone deterioration described above, since the action of the implant mirrors that of the original root, transmitting chewing forces to the jaw bone in a natural way.
Fig. 3,4: Symbolic illustration of a deteriorated jaw bone.
The big difference – Conventional prosthesis vs. implant
If one or more teeth have to be restored, you have the option to choose between a conventional prosthesis and implant therapy. What are the main differences?
The bridge solution: With conventional methods, the two healthy neighbouring teeth have to be ground down in order to fix a bridge in place. This results in a loss of natural tooth substance. Furthermore, the bridge does not transmit chewing forces to the jaw bone, so bone deterioration may also occur.
Figs. 1 – 3: Conventional three-unit bridge
The implant solution: The dental implant replaces the root of the original tooth, while the healthy neighbouring teeth remain intact without having to be ground down.
Figs. 4 – 7: Implant-borne single-tooth replacement
A SOLUTION FOR EVERY NEED
Single tooth gap Two or more tooth gaps
Fig. 1: The dental implant replaces the missing tooth root. Fig. 2: The implants act as a support for the bridge.
FIXED PROSTHESES AND REMOVABLE DENTURES
Fixed full-arch dental bridges: an attractive and effective solution with many advantages.
With the help of Straumann components, missing teeth in either the upper or lower jaw may be replaced with a full-arch dental bridge supported by four or more dental implants. The prosthesis can only be removed by the dentist. These implants provide secure and lasting support for the bridge and artificial teeth. Depending on the individual case, temporary artificial bridges can be delivered on the day of surgery or soon after.
Figs. 1 – 3: Fixed acrylic prosthesis on tilted implants
Figs. 4 – 6: Fixed prosthesis with straight implants
Removable dentures: easy to remove for every day oral hygiene Removable implant-supported dentures can also provide a better fit and higher stability than conventional ones. The implants act as an anchor for the retentive components attached to the denture, and while there are several different retention concepts and systems available, all are beneficial to the patient. The denture can also be removed for every day oral hygiene.
Figs. 7 – 9 : Removable denture with LOCATOR® attachment
Figs. 10 – 12: Removable denture with bar
The journey towards a new smile maybe easier than you think
Step1:Diagnosis and decision making
After gathering all the information via oral X-rays, the dentist investigates and assesses the treatment options that would be best for you. The advantages and disadvantages of the various solutions are openly discussed so that you are well-informed on every aspect of the procedure before making a decision.
Step 2: Implantation – the implant is anchored in your jaw
The implant – an artificial root – is usually inserted under local anaesthetic. The dentist creates a suitable “bed” in the jaw bone in which it is to be inserted. Depending on the individual case, a temporary restoration may be placed on the implant during the healing stage. This allows you to enjoy a natural looking smile quite early in the process.
Step 3: Healing phase – the implant bonds with your bone
Until the implant is securely attached to the jaw bone, a healing phase of between six weeks and a few months is necessary. This depends on the individual medical situation and can be reduced by using implants with SLActive® surface. After approximately one week, the stitches are removed. Diligent oral hygiene is now vital for successful healing.
Step 4: Your new teeth are produced at the dental lab
As your implant bonds itself to the bone during the healing phase, your dentist and his laboratory partners proceed to create your personalized tooth.
Step 5: Placement of the final restoration
Once the healing phase is over, your final restoration is connected to the implant, leaving you free to smile, bite and chew like before.
Step 6: Aftercare – oral hygiene as usual
Once healed, the implant is part of your body, and just like a natural tooth, it requires regular check-ups and conscientious oral hygiene. With normal, but appropriate care, the long-term function of your implant can be maintained for decades.
Claremont Dental Practice,
1-3 Terminus Buildings,
Claremont Road,BN25 1NT
Tel: 01323 897502
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