Dental implants are one of the most popular and natural ways of replacing missing or putting an end to the problem of ill-fitting dentures. People lose teeth for all sorts of reasons and for many it can affect what they eat, how they speak and for some it can result in a complete loss of self confidence.
A dental implant is a small, screw-like fixture that acts as a replacement for a natural tooth root. Dental implants are usually made of titanium (a bio-compatible material) and are carefully placed into the jawbone, normally under local anaesthetic. Once healed, the artificial root acts as a base for fixing individual crowns, multi-tooth bridges or dentures.
Dental implants are a scientifically proven treatment that is perfectly safe and used by qualified dentists and surgeons worldwide. At Woodlands Dental Practice we are proud to offer comprehensive in-house dental implant treatment using the latest state-of-the-art products and equipment. Our Principal, Dr Ahmed Alshafi is highly trained in this field, and supported by his experienced team he places and restores dental implants, providing outstanding aesthetic and functional outcomes for his patients. He also accepts referrals for dental implants from other dentists.
A dental implant is an ideal permanent solution to the problem of a missing tooth. An implant is placed in the gap where a tooth has been lost and forms a base to which a dental crown is attached that looks, feels and functions just like a natural tooth.
Dental implants can be used to support multiple teeth. This usually involves the placement of two or more implants which are then used to support a fixed bridge.
To replace all the teeth in an arch, as an alternative to a denture for example, requires several implants to be placed. The number of implants required and the position of their placement will be determined by Dr Alshafi once he has assessed your individual case.
A loose fitting denture is a common and uncomfortable problem for wearers of traditional dentures. Securing dentures using dental implants restores the chewing function and reduces irritation of the gums, leading to an enhanced quality of life. This additional support enables the wearer to carry on life with confidence, eat whatever they choose and smile without being self-conscious.
Every patient’s needs are different so Dr Alshafi always completes an in-depth implant consultation before beginning treatment. At your initial consultation X-rays are taken to see if you have sufficient quality and quantity of bone. Some medical conditions can affect the bone growing onto the implant and requires careful assessment, but in general most people are suitable candidates for dental implants.
If you have been referred to us by your own dentist Dr Alshafi will carry out the treatment for which you have been referred and then return you to the care of your regular dentist who will complete any ongoing treatment.
If you would like to know more about dental implants or to see if dental implants are suitable in your case we offer a no-obligation implant consultation. Get in touch with us today on 01628 824558 to book an appointment and see how dental implants could benefit you.
Dental implants are a safe, well-established treatment, supported by over 30 years of clinical evidence. Dr Ahmed Alshafi has a 99% success rate with the implants he has placed.
Once the dental implant has integrated with the bone and surrounding soft tissue, its life will be largely determined by the quality of at-home care and attendance at regular clinical reviews. If poorly cared for, plaque can build up, just as with natural teeth and this can lead to gum infection, bleeding and general discomfort. However, well-maintained implants can be expected to last many years and often a whole lifetime.
There is no upper age for dental implants and they are successfully used as an anchorage for dentures. Your suitability will depend on the quality of the bone in your jaw and Ahmed’s consideration of your individual case.