Why So Many People Love Dental Implants Blog

17 January 2017

Losing teeth can happen at any stage in a person’s life, for a long list of reasons, chief of which is gum disease. That said, many people find it difficult to sort out how to replace what they have lost. Once you know what you want, getting your smile back is as simple as visiting your dentist, and the results will be as permanent as your real teeth.

Dental implants are the artificial replacement of the root of a natural tooth. The most common material for these implants is titanium, a bio-inert material, that provides a reliable foundation for your teeth. The fact that this material is bio-inert means that your jaw bone should recognize it as bone, reducing the chances of infection after implantation.

Reasons to Get One

Dental implants have been a viable option for millions of people around the world, and many different scenarios may call for one. For example, you may have a tooth grinding habit, and that caused one, or more, of your teeth to crack and fracture. Another reason could be tooth loss due to extreme cavities, periodontal disease, and other health issues. Other issues, just as failed dental work, bone loss, poorly fitted partial or complete dentures, injury or trauma, and more, can all be reasons to consider implants. To help you make the choice, your dental surgeon will help you decide your best options.

No More Missing Teeth

A complete set of teeth can make a huge difference in more than one way. Humans use their teeth to create important sounds during speech, grind, crush and tear food, and to wordlessly convey emotions. Without a complete smile, you may develop a lisp, or your self-esteem might suffer. In addition, your ability to eat hard foods may be reduced, depending on the teeth you lost, but dental implants can help you regain function.

Permanent

One of the biggest reasons people choose implants over dentures is the fact that they are permanent. Dentures irritate the gums and slide around after hours of use, and you have to take them out of your mouth to ensure they get clean enough. The permanent nature of implants means you can brush and floss them the same way you do your natural teeth.

Natural-Looking

Implants look, feel, and function exactly the same way your natural teeth do. The cap of the implant is made with porcelain, a material that perfectly imitates the pearly appearance of real teeth. Once you have these put in your mouth, the only people who will even know that you have false teeth are you and your dentist.

Covid-19 and your care

We have now received clear guidance as to what dental procedures we can safely carry out and at what stages during the pandemic.

Below is a summary of the guidance as we understand it, although this may modify over the next few days as some small inconsistencies are clarified.

The government has set five different risk levels for the pandemic 1-5 (low to high), although this changes on a daily basis.

The treatments that we can carry out safely in dental practice will change with the risk level.

Treatments are significantly limited at level 4.

During the next few weeks, we will attempt to contact each patient that has contacted us with a significant dental problem during lockdown, and we hope to book an assessment appointment for those patients in the week commencing 8th June.

Practice doors will be locked at level 3, 4 and 5. Entry to the practice will be limited to pre-booked appointments.

There will be very clear criteria provided in due course as what is required before arriving at the practice, and what the procedure will be upon arrival. We will endeavour to ensure that each person knows exactly what to expect at their visit as this will be quite different to what you have been used to.

The appointment diary will be structured to take into consideration those patients who are shielding, may have underlying medical issues and so on.

The first week is expected to be a slow start as we ensure that the new protocols are working effectively for everyone’s safety. These protocols will be audited and modified until required.

At level 4 we should be able to carry out the following:

Dental assessment (initially restricted to patients who have current urgent need, or did and contacted us during lockdown).

X rays but only for patients who tolerate them well.

TEMPORARY re cementation of crowns. (We cannot dry the tooth effectively enough to cement a crown permanently with the restrictions we face).

Fabrication or repair of removable dentures.

Simple dental extractions. If a tooth breaks, it is probable we will have to leave the roots in place until we are at a lower level of risk. Naturally, we will assess the risk very carefully prior to treatment.

Tightening of loose dental implants if possible, without using a high-speed handpiece (drill).

Temporary fillings.

Draining of a swelling/abscess.

Provision of antibiotics.

Trimming of sharp orthodontic wires (not reliable re cementation of loose brackets, or replacement of missing brackets).

Treatment is only to be offered after careful assessment.

Cosmetic orthodontics

Cheshire Dental Centre provide many of these treatments. We may now be able to progress some of our Quick Straight Teeth cases. We will be in touch with each patient shortly, but please allow us to contact you; we hope that it is understandable that we will be prioritising patients with urgent dental need.

The PPE (personal protective equipment) requirements for the above are not too onerous, and we will not look too different to normal. As you are aware, the cross-infection control at Cheshire Dental Centre has always been exemplary and one of our top priorities.

Although we have been organised with the new PPE guidelines well in advance there may be the occasional time where we are awaiting stock. All practices are attempting to source the necessary PPE we need to keep you and us safe, but supplies are scarce and consequently very expensive.