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Dental Implants

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Benefits of Implant Supported Bridge or Overdenture

  • Helps preserve the remaining bone and maintain the integrity of facial structures.
  • Can eliminate pain of ill-fitting dentures and need for adhesives.
  • Increased stability helps to restore natural chewing capacity and may improve speech.
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Benefits of Implant Supported Crown

  • Helps to preserve bone by replacing tooth root.
  • Looks, feels, functions like a natural tooth.
  • Does not compromise adjacent teeth by grinding them down for a bridge, or securing a partial denture to them.
  • Unique design of Straumann implant ideal for molar replacement (strength to handle chewing forces).
  • Same home care as natural teeth.
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The Implant Procedure

Initial situation of missing tooth   dental implant birmingham
The site where the implant will be placed is prepared   dental implant birmingham
Placement of the dental implant   dental implant birmingham
Healing phase   dental implant birmingham
The impression is taken   dental implant birmingham
Prosthetic restoration   dental implant birmingham
Final result   birmingham dental implants



Initial situation:

Missing first molar on the left lower jaw.

The finished Crown   birmingham dental implants
The Straumann implant that is supporting the crown can only be seen on the x-ray.
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The crown is cemented onto the implant, just like conventional tooth replacement procedures, and harmonizes perfectly with the existing row of teeth in color and shape.

Patient female, 33 years
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What are the benefits of dental implants?

Improved Appearance

When teeth are lost, ongoing shrinkage of the jawbone occurs making the face look older. Dental implants stops or slow this process. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth.

Improved Comfort

Dental implants eliminate the pain, discomfort and inconvenience of removable full or partial dentures. Since dentures sit on top of the jawbone and gum, continuous shrinkage of the jawbone alters the fit of the denture resulting in slipping or rocking of the dentures. Exposed nerves and irritation of the gum tissue may add to the discomfort.

Implant supported replacement teeth are like natural teeth because they are anchored securely to the jawbone. Gum irritation and pain of the exposed nerves associated with conventional full or partial dentures are eliminated.

Improved speech

Dentures slip and slide around the mouth. The facial muscles become tense in an attempt to hold teeth in place. This often results in mumbling, slurred speech or clicking noises. Replacement teeth anchored on implants allow speech with confidence in a relaxed and natural tone.

Improved & Comfortable Eating

Dentures have 15-20% eating efficiency when compared with natural teeth. Dental implants can restore chewing efficiency comparable to that of natural teeth.

Practical Convenience

Dental implant can eliminate the numerous embarrassing inconveniences of removable denture. There is no need to cover the mouth when laughing or smiling, for fear the false teeth will pop out or fall down.

Protecting the Remaining Teeth

Dental implants are often more appropriate than a bridge for replacement of one or more adjacent teeth. With conventional bridgework, the surrounding teeth must be ground down. Dental implants eliminate the need to modify these teeth, resulting in a conservative, yet very aesthetic restoration.

Improved Self Esteem

Since teeth replaced with dental implants feel, function and look like natural teeth it increases patient confidence.

IS There Pain Or Discomfort Involved?

Just with any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Very effective local anaesthesia is used to eliminate any discomfort at the time of the procedure. Most patients report that there is no or very little discomfort and that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they anticipated. The dentist will prescribe analgesics to ease any discomfort that may occur. The dentist may suggest that a potential implant patient speak with another patient who has already had dental implants to assess their personal experiences.

How Long It Take?

Complete implant reconstruction process may take 3 to 6 months. Time is needed to allow bone to grow around the implant. The implants are placed first into the jawbone, painlessly. Bone cells grow and heal around the implants and this may take 2 to 4 months to occur. Then the dentist attaches/ screws a Titanium post to the body of the implant and cements the replacement tooth on it. It usually takes a few short visits to complete the restoration process.




What exactly are dental implants and what can they do for me?

Implants are substitutes for teeth and they are today’s best alternative to your natural teeth. They offer you a permanent or secure solution for replacing one or more teeth. They are made of bio compatible materials, just the same as hip implants or similar orthopaedic device, and function as anchors or support for traditional forms of dentistry, such as crowns, bridges or dentures. Many of our patients will tell you implants have changed not only their smiles, their overall appearance but also even their lives! There are numerous other reasons to choose dental implants:

  • Aesthetically, they look like real teeth. Functionally, dental implants feel and act like real teeth.
  • With implants, you can eat and chew again without pain or irritation. Foods that were forbidden are now back in the diet.
  • Implants eliminate the need for distasteful adhesives. There is no longer a need to use ‘glue’ when the prosthesis is anchored to implants.
  • Implants can actually improve the taste of food. With less plastic covering the roof of your mouth, you can enjoy natural flavours and sensation again.
  • Lastly, implants can help maintain your bone structure and support the facial tissues. They can reduce or eliminate bone atrophy, which causes ‘shrinkage’ or facial cosmetic changes.

Are implants successful?

YES Implants, as we know them today, have been in existence for at least 25 years. For the last 10 years, however, success rates at many treatment centres including my practice are consistently over 96% with proper personal and professional care. Few forms of medical, orthopaedic or dental treatment have such high success rates. Good oral hygiene is one of the most critical factors to ensure the health and longevity of dental implants; hence regular visits for dental check ups are important.

How Much It Cost?

The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support the replacement teeth. Sometimes additional work may be required prior to implant placement to ensure the long-term health of the dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have the dentist who places implants to examine the patient, take radiographs and study models. After a thorough analysis of the case, the dentist will recommend the treatment that is most appropriate and what the financial investment would be for the procedure.

The overall comment of patients who have had dental implants that it has been a worthwhile investment and the great majority would go through it again and recommend it to others!

A survey of implants patients showed that implants were worth the trouble (97%), the procedure would be worth repeating (95%) and overall dental health was improved (98%)


Who Is A Candidate For Implant?

Patients with one or more missing teeth or anyone wearing partial or full dentures. Teeth may have been lost via injury, dental decay or gum disease. Health rather than age is more important factor in determining for implant placement. If one is healthy to have a tooth extracted, one is most probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certainly placing a dental implant(s) is far less traumatic and much more precise than having a tooth extracted.

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Birmingham Dental Surgery   Smile Solutions
140, Mere Green Road
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B75 5DB
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