Who is best suited to dental implants?
If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants might be the best option to restore your smile. There are some variables we will need to consider before we recommend dental implants, including:
- A fully grown, healthy jaw
- No gum disease
- No conditions that affect bone healing.
We might also recommend an alternative treatment if you have a systemic disease or regularly smoke. For more information about dental implants in Swansea, get in touch with our friendly and professional team.
What else do I need to know about the dental implant procedure?
In your initial consultation, we will examine the health of your teeth, gums and jaw bone to determine if dental implants are appropriate. This process is quite involved because we will need to do x-rays and a CT scan.
If we determine that dental implants are an appropriate treatment option for you, we will refer you to a surgeon for implant planning and placement. This is essential to avoid structures like nerves and sinuses during the procedure.
Inserting dental implants is a small surgical procedure where a titanium post (or multiple titanium posts) are screwed into the jaw bone. The posts are left to heal for several months and merge into the jaw bone. This process is called Osseointegration.
Once the site has healed (around three to six months), the implant will look like an artificial tooth root. You will then be invited to Swansea Dental Practice for the final restoration — applying the crowns, bridges and/or dentures.
Why should I choose dental implants over other treatment options?
When one or more natural teeth have been lost, dental implants behave most like a natural tooth — they’re comfortable and allow you to chew hard foods with confidence. When you bite down with natural teeth, the force is transmitted through the tooth, into the roots and out into the surrounding bone, stimulating the jaw to keep renewing old bone cells.
Once teeth have been extracted, this cannot happen. Dental implants, however, act as artificial teeth and stimulate the surrounding bone to help preserve it.
Compared to bridges — another potential replacement for missing teeth — implants are the best treatment option. Bridges require the adjacent teeth to be cut down to receive crowns as part of the bridge. This can put those teeth at risk of future complications like decay. Bridges are also harder to clean and are not as strong as implanted teeth.
Plus, compared to partial or full dentures, dental implants do not have a bulky plate over your palate or under your tongue.