Dental implants can be used to replace several missing teeth, or support other forms of tooth replacement such as bridges and dentures.
Bone in the jaw shrinks as a natural consequent of tooth loss. If we find that your bone has receded too far to support dental implants, as may be the case if you have lived with missing teeth for some time, we may be able to build it back up to the required level with bone regeneration.
For more extensive bone regeneration, bone is usually taken from behind the back teeth in the lower jaw or from the chin, and bio materials are sometimes used. The aim is to provide a scaffold into which new bone will grow in order to be ready to receive dental implants a few months later.
At one80dental we use Platelet Rich Plasma (PRGF/PRF) to accelerate this process. Blood taken from the patient is spun at high speed in a centrifuge to separate the blood, leaving a concentrate of platelet-rich plasma protein, with a greater concentration of growth factors, to accelerate the natural regeneration process.
Bone grafting requires a considerably higher degree of skill from the surgeon and is often more complex to perform than the placement of the implant itself; one80dental is a noted provider of such procedures, with a team led by Nigel Rosenbaum.
When you first enquire about dental implants it is often in response to an awareness of ongoing dental problems or the recent loss of teeth. The cause of these problems will need to be understood and managed as part of the process.
For instance, if you have a history of gum disease then you have a higher likelihood of having problems with dental implants. We would always seek to identify and reduce any risk factors such as gum disease before commencing treatment, thereby reducing the risk of your dental implants failing. Failure is rare; data shows a success rate of at least 95% at ten years, which is remarkable for such life changing surgery.
The difference that dental implants can make on your sense of wellbeing is significant, with many of our patients noticing an increase in self-esteem and self-confidence, smiling more and feeling more at ease in social situations. Functionally and aesthetically it can be as close to having your natural teeth as possible — often patients forget precisely which teeth are implants and which are real.