Can I replace my teeth with dental implants?

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Can I replace all my teeth with Dental Implants?

Dental Tooth Implants

We know that missing teeth can really knock your confidence and because a dental implant looks and feels exactly like your natural teeth, they are a great solution for restoring your smile.

If you have one missing tooth or several missing teeth, then implants could be the right long-term solution for you.

Our dental implant dentist in Milton Keynes, Dr Martin Whelan, is very experienced with the implant procedure and uses the latest dental tools and techniques to achieve the incredible results.

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Can I replace all my teeth with implants?

You can replace any amount of teeth with implants, from one to a full set.

If you need to replace all of your upper or lower teeth or all the teeth in your mouth, ‘full arch’ dental implants could be an option. Instead of having one implant per tooth, you can use full arch implants to create a fixed bridge to replace an entire row of missing teeth. Depending on the individual, this may involve placing 4 or 6 implants to support all the teeth in each arch.

Replacing multiple teeth with dental implants

A dental implant itself is a titanium screw, which is placed directly into your jawbone, replacing your missing tooth root. A false tooth (a crown or denture) is then fitted to the top of the implant (the abutment), giving a natural look to your smile.

You don’t necessarily have to have one implant per new tooth, as you will see in this video. Two implants are used here to create three new teeth.

Implants can also be used to create whole sets of teeth, both upper and lower and can be a long term solution to replacing dentures.

Am I suitable for full arch implants?

At your assessment, our dental implant dentist in Milton Keynes Dr Whelan will explain what the procedure involves, what the possible risks are and what dental implants cost during your initial consultation, so you can decide if it’s right for you.

Your dentist will also check your medical history and assess your oral health and your jaws to see if you are a suitable candidate for implants. You need to be in good general health with healthy gums to be considered for this treatment.

If you’ve been told in the past that you are not suitable for standard implants, you may still be a candidate for full arch implants, as these implants are positioned at 45-degree angles in the jaw. This also avoids the need for bone grafting.

What does the dental implant procedure involve?

Full arch dental implants can be a relatively straight forward procedure and, depending on the health of your mouth, could be carried out in just a couple of appointments.

Firstly, Dr Whelan will take x-rays to assess the condition of your jaw and your existing teeth. If you have any teeth remaining in the arch, these will need to be extracted and your mouth needs time to heal before tooth implants can be placed.

The dental implant procedure is carried out using local anaesthesia. You can ask your dentist about other sedation options they offer if you need help to feel calm.

Your dentist will then surgically place the implants in your jaw. Full arch implants usually involve placing two implants towards the front of the mouth and two towards the back, but more implants may be needed depending on your own individual needs.

After your mouth has been cleaned and disinfected, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth that will be used to create your custom dental bridge. These artificial teeth are designed to look as natural as possible.

Once your custom bridge has been manufactured, it will be placed over the top of the implants and secured in place. You can then leave the dental clinic with your new natural-looking smile.

What should I expect after dental implant surgery?

Every surgical procedure carries risks, and our dentist Dr Whelan will make sure you understand the possible complications and side-effects before you agree to the treatment.

For dental implants, this may include infections or injuries of the mouth during treatment and possible sinus problems for implants placed in the upper jaw.

Recovery from dental implants may take several weeks. You may experience pain, swelling or bleeding around the implant sites, which can be managed using medication or by applying pressure to stop the bleeding. You may also be advised to eat soft foods only after the treatment to help your mouth heal.

Dr Whelen, our dental implant dentist has many years experience of carrying out these procedures, thus the risk of infections or injuries is very low.

How long do dental implants last and other frequently asked questions

You may have heard that dental implants can last for about 25 years or more. This is true as long as you take good care of them. The dental implant itself (the root-like part of the implant, usually a titanium post) can last almost a lifetime.

Generally, the exposed parts of the affordable dental implant – abutment and crown – are more susceptible to deterioration and damages than the implant itself. However, a crown may last about 15 to 25 years, as long as you maintain a good oral healthcare routine – i.e. brushing and flossing on a daily basis and seeing a hygienist regularly.

Patients who smoke or drink heavily are at a higher risk of experiencing implant failure than non-smokers and non-drinkers. Hence, in order to ensure that your dental implant lasts as long as possible, refrain from smoking and drinking heavily before and after the placement of the implant.

For more frequently asked questions about dental implants, visit our Dental Implant FAQ page. 

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