Dental implants; what’s all the fuss about?

There is a reason why dental implants get spoken about a lot online and in dental surgeries, but why? Dentists are excited because for the first time we can completely restore a tooth with no remaining fragments or even a vacant gum socket. Our implantologist at Gwersyllt Dental Practice is Mr Guest, who’s advanced training allows us to provide dental implants in our clinic, with the highest standards of care and an above-average success rate. There are limitations to dental implants and here our dentist inWrexham will break down the implant process.

How do they work?

We implement the modern 3-part implant. A titanium implant and a connector, topped with the ceramic porcelain prosthetic.

Titanium implant

The implant sits in the jawbone when installed and looks like a short titanium rod. It is kept in place by new bone growing around it and fusing to it.

The connector is fixed to the top of the implant and allows the implant to be placed independently of the prosthetic. This is done to give the implant time to set into the jawbone without the daily pressures it would have to endure if it was inserted with the dental prosthetic attached.

Although a single tooth is the most common prosthetic that we use, there are others like an implanted bridge or an anchor for a set of dentures.

The dental implant treatment pathway

A full assessment has to be carried out with our dentist in Wrexham, exploring your medical history and taking X-rays to confirm that you are suitable and that the implants are likely to be successful. The implanting of the titanium component is performed with a 4-6 month recovery period before a further assessment is made to ensure that they are fully set, allowing the prosthetics to be attached via the connector.

How do they compare to other forms of restorative dentistry?

The lifespan of an implant after successful integration is unmatched, even compared to endodontics, and has a longer lifespan than crowns or veneers.

There is also the capacity to remove the prosthetic component and replace it without having to extract the whole implant, making any future work much easier to perform for our team.

How would an implant affect my everyday life?

There are dental procedures with long-term consequences, like the hot and cold sensitivity that may accompany veneers or the gradual darkening of root canalled teeth. But the dental implant is as close to natural teeth as you can achieve with the same bushing requirements and twice-yearly check-ups. The artificial tooth enamel used on most prosthetics is much more stain-resistant than natural enamel, so even if your new tooth was colour matched at the time of fitting your natural teeth will darken faster leading to the implant standing out. However, this can usually be resolved with a scale and polish or tooth whitening.

Are there age restrictions on getting dental implants?

 Yes; you need all your adult teeth and need to be healthy with normal bone density. But there are no upper age restrictions on oral implants with our dentist in Wrexham.