If so, now is the time to consider dental implants, says Dr Michael Gulnezer.
False teeth, or more specifically, dentures, have been around for a very long time. Evidence has been found of early attempts, using stones or even seashells to replace a missing tooth. This would not have been very successful from a practical viewpoint, but may have achieved some minor success from an aesthetic angle.
Fortunately times have moved on considerably and we are now happy to offer a more practical alternative in the latest dental implants, for those who require them.
Dentures do still have a role to play of course. They do a reasonable job of maintaining the appearance of a full set of teeth, and have a reasonable level of functionality for eating. Despite this though, for some patients, there are restrictions on what they can eat successfully and a lack of stability can also be an issue, with the dentures moving around in the mouth.
Stable and secure implants
Whilst dentures act to replace lost teeth, they can ‘float’ around on the gum surface a little. Dental implants, on the other hand, replace not only the tooth, but the root of the tooth as well. This is an important distinction as placing the new artificial root of the tooth into the jawbone is what gives it its excellent level of stability and strength. With good aftercare, a dental implant can last for twenty years or longer, providing a ‘gold standard’ replacement tooth.
We do know, from talking to some patients of the Cygnet Dental Practice, that one of the biggest deterrents to having dental implants, is the thought of placing the implant into the bone. For those patients, we offer a few words of encouragement.
How ‘painful’ is a dental implant placement?
First of all, it is important to say that anyone in the UK who is legally able to place a dental implant, will have had a number of extra years of training, specifically for this purpose. If you have a dental implant placed at the Cygnet Dental Practice, you can be sure that you will be in safe hands, and that we have the latest in technology and experience to make your procedure a success.
The local anaesthetic that will be used during the procedure is very good at minimising any discomfort that you might feel. It is also a little known fact that our bones contain relatively few nerves and are not especially susceptible to pain. Together, this means that the procedure is unlikely to be anywhere near as bad as you may have expected.
Of course, placing an implant is a much more sophisticated procedure than many other general procedures and we understand that patients may require more information before making a decision to progress. We are always happy to arrange a free non clinical consultation for this purpose, where we can check your suitability for this treatment and also answer any questions that you may wish to ask.
If you aren’t entirely happy with your dentures, and are curious to find out more about this increasingly popular tooth replacement method, why not call us for your free consultation now, on 01268 733078.
Dr Michael Gulnezer has worked at our practice for over 18 years (GDC 74219).