Category: Dental Implants

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are fast becoming the most popular way of replacing missing teeth. At Gwersyllt Dental Care, we transform our patients’ lives by replacing their lost teeth with a permanent and natural-looking solution. Poorly fitted dentures are a thing of the past when you invest in long-lasting dental implants. 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace missing and lost teeth. They offer a comfortable, reliable and natural appearing replacement to natural teeth. They are colour matched to your teeth, meaning that your dental implants won’t even be recognised by other people. 

A dental implant is actually made up of three different parts:

The implant itself

This is a titanium screw that is surgically fitted into your jaw bone, to provide a stable foundation for your replacement tooth. 

The abutment

The abutment is what connects the titanium screw to the prosthetic. Your jaw bone must regrow around the implant before the abutment is fitted.

The prosthetic

This is the part of the implant that you will be able to see, and is your natural looking replacement to your missing tooth or teeth. A prosthetic could be a crown, bridge or even a full arch denture. 

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Why should you replace missing teeth? 

If your tooth falls out through trauma, neglect or is surgically removed for a medical reason, it is important to replace it as soon as possible. When you lose a tooth, over time, the surrounding teeth will start to move position. This will lead to you having misaligned teeth. 

Another reason to replace any missing teeth is to prevent premature ageing that is caused by bone loss. To keep your jaw bone in a strong and good condition, it needs to be stimulated. This is done by general day to day activities like eating and speaking. However, when there are no teeth sitting within the jaw bone this does not happen. Over time, as the bone deteriorates, it will lead to a change in face shape, making you appear older.  

How long do dental implants typically last?

Dental implants have an extremely high success rate of 98%. This means that 98% of dental implants fitted heal correctly and are able to support a prosthetic for a lifetime. In the large majority of cases, dental implants will last a lifetime. However, they should be treated in the same way as natural teeth and an excellent oral hygiene routine is absolutely necessary. 

What factors affect the longevity of dental implants?

Although in theory, dental implants should last you a lifetime, there are some factors that may impact their longevity. These will be discussed at your initial appointment with the implantologist, but they include:

  • Bone quality
  • Smoking
  • Drinking excessive amount of alcohol
  • Underlying medical conditions
  • Certain types of medication

If you are missing teeth, and would like to speak through your options with one of our dentist, please call Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham on 01978 757 409. Take the step towards a new and improved smile today.  

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants are fast becoming the most common way to replace missing teeth. At Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, more and more of our patients are deciding to have dental implants fitted.

Having missing teeth can really affect your self-confidence, leading you to feel like you have to cover your smile in social situations. We want everyone to feel confident with their smile, and dental implants are a great way to enable you to do this. In addition to boosting your confidence, dental implants have many other advantages and we will discuss them in this article. 

Permanent solution

Dental implants offer a permanent solution to missing teeth. Unlike traditional bridges or dentures, once dental implants are fitted, they are a permanent fixture in your mouth. The implant itself is made up of three parts: the fixture, the abutment and the prosthesis. The fixture is the screw that is inserted into the jaw, which is usually made from titanium. The abutment acts as a holder for the prosthesis and sites just on the gum line. Crowns, bridges or dentures are all examples of a prosthesis, depending on how many teeth you need replacing. 

Long-lasting results

We describe dental implants as being very similar to natural teeth in that their lifespan will be determined by how you treat them. A well-known saying in dentistry is ‘Only brush the teeth that you want to keep’ and that is definitely true in both natural teeth and dental implants. Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, just like your natural teeth. If you have a great oral hygiene routine, your dental implants will easily last you for many years to come. 

Natural appearance

The best thing about dental implants is how natural they look once fitted. Nobody other than you and your dentist will know that your new teeth aren’t your own. The prosthesis that is fitted can be colour matched to your natural teeth so that they blend in perfectly. Not only do dental implants look like natural teeth, but they will also feel completely natural for you too. 

Easier to eat and speak

If you are missing teeth, especially multiple teeth, you may be finding it difficult to speak and eat. Teeth are used a lot in how we speak, with the different sounds being made from the position of our tongue against different teeth. When those teeth are no longer there, the sounds are much harder to make. Eating can also be difficult with fewer teeth but with dental implants, you can bite into an apple without any worries. 

Prevent premature ageing

When you lose a tooth, the bone in your jaw slowly starts to deteriorate. As it deteriorates, this can really impact the appearance of your jawline. Your cheeks can become sunken and this will make you look older than you really are. By replacing your missing teeth with dental implants as soon as possible, you will be preventing this process.

If you are suffering from missing teeth, whether it is one or multiple, dental implants could be the perfect solution for you. At Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, we offer free initial consultations for you to learn more about the treatment process. 

To book your free initial consultation, call us on 01978 757 409.

Missing Teeth – Dental Implants

  • Bone loss in the jaw
  • Infections on exposed gum
  • Damage to remaining teeth
  • Difficulties chewing & speaking
  • Change in facial appearance
  • Loss of confidence

The process

1. Titanium implant placed

2. Permanent crown attached

Benefits over dentures

  • Preserve bone structure
  • Act like natural teeth
  • No concerns over slippage
  • No dietary changes necessary
  • Prevent sunken-in features

When to talk to your dentist about dental implants

You have 1 or more missing teeth

Dentures aren’t giving you the results you want

 

The Benefits of Dental Implants

For patients who have a missing tooth or are missing a number of teeth, dental implants offer our dentist the opportunity to provide a safe, reliable, and cosmetically-friendly long term solution that can create or restore wonderful smiles.

Tooth loss can occur as a result of a variety of dental problems. Gum disease, infection and injury are just three of the common reasons that can cause a patient to eventually suffer tooth loss.

Dentures have long been a suitable treatment option for patients with missing teeth. Partial dentures are dental appliances which can help in cases when a fewer amount of teeth are missing, whereas full dentures can suitably replace teeth in cases where full sets are missing.

Dental implants, however, are a brilliant, hassle-free permanent solution. Not only do they have fantastic durability and will last a long time if given the correct care, they also look brilliant and feel great.

If you are looking to replace missing teeth in your smile, why not visit us for an initial consultation for dental implant treatment? To arrange your appointment, do not hesitate to contact us here at Gwersyllt Dental Care via the website or directly by telephone at the practice today on 01978 757 409.