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"Been a patient at York House for 10 years. Recently had implants, best thing I've had done! Excellent results and after care services."
Interested in how tooth implants might benefit you? Book a free no-obligation consultation with our York House dental implant dentist? Alternatively, call us on 01494 783 874 for more information about our dental implants treatment in Chesham.
A tooth implant is the closest that modern dentistry gets to replacing a like-for-like tooth and is considered the ‘gold standard’ of missing tooth replacement.
Consisting of a highly engineered metal post or screw, a dental implant is anchored directly into the jaw at the missing tooth site. Once in position, it provides a secure and permanent base for the restoration (dental crown) to sit on top.
Because the implant is hidden below the gum line, it can’t be seen and instead, all that people notice is a flawless, natural-looking, confidence-boosting smile.
If you are curious about any aspect of the dental implant process, we invite you to come and talk to our York House treatment co-ordinator (TCO) who will answer all of your questions and concerns.
As a multi-disciplinary dental practice, we have a special interest in dental implants.
Our Chesham team are highly experienced, having successfully placed many dental implants and undergone additional training in advanced aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry. As a result, patients are assured of being in very capable hands.
We excel at assisting nervous patients and provide the latest sedation dentistry for those who feel particularly anxious. Our gentle demeanour and compassionate manner helps patients to feel at ease during the implant process while our transparent nature ensures that you are given the comprehensive information needed at every stage of your dental implant journey.
Ultimately, if you are considering dental implants in Chesham, Amersham, Berkhamsted, Tring or Aylesbury, you can count on us!
During an initial consultation, our dental implant dentist here in Chesham will evaluate your mouth to see if you are a suitable candidate for tooth implant treatment.
This is carried out using the latest digital scanning technology which takes accurate 3D images of the teeth and jawbone. These pictures determine whether there is sufficient bone density to support the dental implant. If not, our implant dentist may suggest a bone graft before going ahead with dental implant treatment.
Either way, a custom treatment plan will be developed based on your needs and requirements. In addition, our treatment coordinator will be available to answer any questions or concerns you might have.
This is an important stage of the dental implants process and is where the majority of the work is carried out.
Using x-rays and 3D imagery, our dentist will determine the exact positioning of your tooth implant taking into consideration factors like trajectory, depth and the avoidance of nearby nerves.
Since everything can be done virtually, there is no requirement for you to be present at this stage.
Once virtual planning is finalised an appointment will be arranged for our dental implant dentist to perform the surgery.
During a brief and comfortable process, the implant is carefully positioned into the jawbone at the missing tooth site. Following surgery, patients can return home.
Before leaving, our team will give you some medication to ease any initial discomfort you may feel during the short recovery period. We will also provide you with dental implant home-care instructions that you need to follow.
Patients typically need to allow 3-4 months for the bone tissue to heal and fuse with the titanium implant.
This natural process known as osseointegration stabilises the implant, giving it the strength to support a dental crown, bridge or denture. During this period, patients can live their lives as normal and shouldn’t feel any discomfort. Crunchy and chewy foods, however, should be avoided at this stage to prevent dislodging the implant.
Don’t forget your implant isn’t yet a permanent part of your mouth so you will need to take care.
Once your tooth implant has successfully stabilised, another dental visit will be necessary to fit your permanent prosthetic. This is the final stage of the dental implant procedure leaving you with a beautiful flawless smile that has the potential to last for many years.
Anyone living with missing teeth will know how debilitating and embarrassing it can be, particularly if the gap is in the smile line. Replacing missing teeth with permanent dental implants can give you a life-changing smile that boosts confidence.
One of the consequences of a missing tooth is that adjacent teeth start to gravitate towards the gap. When teeth are out of alignment they become more difficult to clean, making them prone to tooth decay or gum disease.
Because tooth implants help to maintain tooth alignment, it means that any remaining teeth stay straight, making them easier to brush and floss.
Since dental implants are a permanent fixture in the mouth they can potentially last for many years. As a result, there is no requirement to replace them at a later date.
Dental implants are anchored down into the jaw which means they create a situation whereby the patient can maintain a strong and secure bite. This enables them to eat whatever they like without restriction.
One of the factors that is often overlooked with dental implants is that they don’t just improve oral health, they can also improve a patient’s overall health. Not only do they provide the opportunity to adopt a healthy eating plan but digestion is also improved when food is chewed properly.
Over time dentures tend to lose their fit which can cause embarrassing slippage or movement in the mouth. This can affect a person’s confidence when speaking or eating in public. Because dental implants are permanently attached to the jaw, people can stop worrying about their teeth and start living life to the full.
One of the consequences of a missing tooth is that it triggers a series of events that result in jaw shrinkage. When teeth are present, the tooth roots help to strengthen the jaw. Unfortunately, when they are no longer present, the bone tissue around the missing tooth site starts to re-absorb back into the body. This continues long after the tooth is gone, causing the jaw to shrink and change shape. Over time, the facial structure can sag making a person appear older than their years.
When a tooth implant is anchored into the jaw, however, it takes on the role of the missing tooth root. By stimulating the jawbone it prevents any further bone loss, keeping it healthy and strong.
Once dental implants are in position, they fill the gaps in your smile giving the appearance of a fuller, rejuvenated look. Facial skin is also less likely to sag with dental implants so this, in turn, can help to reduce the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Once a tooth implant has fully integrated into the mouth, it looks, feels and to all intent and purpose, acts just like a natural tooth.
Caring for a dental implant is easy because you can brush and floss as you would your natural teeth. Furthermore, because implants are a permanent fixture in the mouth there is no need to remove them at night. Instead, you will be able to smile, speak, eat and laugh without compromise.
In short, dental implants are as near a replacement to natural teeth that modern dentistry allows. The only difference is that dental implants do not contain nerves. Consequently, unlike some natural teeth, they are not sensitive to hot or cold temperatures.
Our Chesham dental team want to help as many people as possible experience dental implant-based restorations when they have missing teeth.
So for this reason, we will refund your £20.00 deposit taken upon confirmation of an appointment if you decide to go ahead with your treatment plan.
But in addition, we also offer several flexible payment options that allow you to spread the cost of dental implant treatment over an agreed period of time with no deposit needed. In some cases, payments may be interest-free.
The NHS covers only those dental treatments that are considered necessary or essential to a person’s oral health. Unfortunately, cosmetic treatments such as dental implants rarely fall into that category. As a result, dental implant procedures like the ones carried out here at York House are typically paid for privately.
It’s important that a patient’s mouth and jaw are fully grown before placing any implant-based restorations. Any future development may disrupt the exact position of an implant if it was placed into the jaw of a child or teen. So for this reason, dental implants work best when placed into a fully grown jaw.
If you are still maturing but do have missing teeth, then our dentist can fit a temporary bridge or partial denture. Then once your jaw has matured, this appliance can always be changed for dental implants. If in doubt you can always speak to our friendly team for advice.
The process of undergoing dental implant surgery is usually very comfortable. In fact, many patients have told us that they didn’t feel a thing. During the recovery phase, however, patients may feel some slight discomfort but this is natural as the implant site starts to heal and can usually be brought under control by using over-the-counter medications like paracetamol.
If you are a particularly nervous patient, we can provide the latest dental sedation in addition to anaesthetic. This will help you to relax and feel more comfortable during surgery. Just ask us at the time of booking.
In reality that’s up to you, however, it’s important to acknowledge the fundamental need to replace a missing tooth. Teeth may shift out of alignment and can lead to a whole host of complications which could result in further missing teeth. By replacing a missing tooth early, there is less risk of bone loss and therefore a greater chance of preserving your smile.
Caring for a dental implant is just as easy as cleaning your natural teeth. As a result, you won’t require any special cleaning agents. Instead, just good quality non-abrasive toothpaste and dental floss are all that is needed. Floss once a day and brush after meals for best results. If in doubt, our Oral Hygiene Therapist will be happy to show you exactly how best to care for your implants.