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26 March 2016

The Versatility of Dental Implants Manchester Explained

If you have a missing tooth then it’s highly likely that your dentist might suggest dental implants Manchester as a form of treatment. They’re the ideal solution to restoring your bite function and smile as the gap is replaced by a prosthetic tooth that looks and functions just like the real thing.  However for those who visit our  with several, or all of their teeth missing, what are their options?

Let’s face it, implants aren’t cheap and therefore in cases where many teeth are missing it wouldn’t be cost-effective for a patient to have several individual implants fitted. For this reason there are other options open to them. They could for instance be fitted with a partial or full denture. Alternatively if the patient is already fitted with a plate that isn’t right, or is no longer comfortable, then the dentist could offer denture repairs Manchester, or denture renewal. Conversely, if the patient is missing several adjacent teeth, then a bridge may be the answer. The trouble is that none of these methods offer a perfect long-term solution to missing teeth. Let’s explain…

While dentures, for example, have the ability to restore both form and function, they can’t halt the natural bone loss process that occurs when teeth are missing. This means that the jaw will continue to shrink over time, so what were once well-fitting dentures, become loose. When this happens they can start to rub, cause embarrassing denture slippage, and affect the way you eat. For this reason they need replacing every 5-10 years.

Dental bridges also have their downsides, in that in order to support a central crown, it needs the use of the adjacent tooth. This has to be ground down and re-shaped to support the bridging framework. When this happens an otherwise healthy tooth becomes compromised.

 

Dental Implants Manchester - Versatility Explained

 

With this in mind, are there any other options available?

We’ve already talked about the fact that dental implants in Manchester offer a permanent solution to restoring full bite function. This is because unlike any other form of tooth replacement, implants are secured directly into the jawbone. When this happens a natural process known as osseointegration takes place. This where the remaining bone tissue naturally fuses with the titanium implant over time, forming a super-strong platform or base. This can then be used to support a prosthetic crown in the form of a single dental implant, but can also be used as support for a bridge and dentures. This ultimately means that anyone visiting our gum clinic Manchester with several or all of their teeth missing may be able to opt for implant retained bridges or dentures.

So what does this mean for the patient?

Firstly for denture wearers it means that the person will experience zero denture slippage as the denture is held permanently in place. Sometimes an existing set of full or partial dentures can be modified for implant support. However more often than not,  aren’t cost effective in this format and instead a new set of implant supported dentures is made.

For the bridge wearer it means that the framework can now be supported by a stand alone implant and not a natural tooth, thus saving the adjacent tooth from harm or damage.

As you can see are pretty versatile and have the ability to solve many missing teeth problems. If you’d like to find out more about how they can help you restore your smile, then visit our website at or contact us directly on 0161 486 0473 to book your free, no-obligation consultation. Shi Karim and the team look forward to welcoming you.

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