Dental implants provide an excellent solution to replace missing teeth and improve your quality of life. Attractive, healthy teeth are an essential part of our wellbeing and self-esteem. When making the decision to have implant treatment, remember not all implants are the same, or give the same end result. By choosing West Parade Dental Care you can be reassured of a high quality and long-lasting smile by Dr Edwards.
Why Dental Implants?
- Restore your quality of life.
- At work and at home feel confident on the inside as you feel confident on how you look and speak to people on the outside.
- Feel good about starting a new relationship or even just eating out at a restaurant again.
- Stop putting your hand over your mouth to hide a good laugh.
- Look younger for longer.
- Preserve healthy teeth and bone. By preventing unnecessary reduction of healthy teeth to support a conventional bridge which may result in root treatments. Implants also maintain the bone that would be resorbed after tooth loss which is the cause of facial sagging.
- Secure your dentures.
- Prevent painful sore points from the dentures moving around and improve speech and taste.
Success is determined by the expertise of the dental surgeon
At West Parade, we have always been at the forefront of implant dentistry. We pride ourselves on providing Straumann implants to our patients for over 20 years.
Dr Edwards is a very experienced surgeon who will take care of you every step of the way and for any aftercare you may require. Dr Edwards has been providing implants for over 10 years and is one of the few implant dentists in the country to have a Diploma in Implant Dentistry. She also regularly attends world-wide conferences to ensure you are provided with the very best, gold standards of treatment.
Please see Dr Edwards gallery of implant before and after case studies…
The type of implant used
There are over 600 implant systems but we use only the highest quality Straumann dental implants, which have been researched for over 35 years and are shown to have a survival rate of 98.8% over 10 years. If you choose a different implant system you are 58% more likely to have your implant fail compared to a Straumann implant.
The technology and equipment used
We are one of the few practices in the country to have a Cone Beam CT machine which provides a 3D scan of your bone. This means that your implants can be planned to have the best bone foundation with minimal surgical intervention.
The skill of the Technician
Only the best, experienced technicians are used to provide your hand crafted and bespoke dental prosthesis.
Straumann dental implants are supremely strong alloy of titanium and zirconia. They are extremely biocompatible, allowing the bone to grow around it safely, securing it in place. Onto this a ceramic tooth or a denture is attached. They need to be cleaned like your own teeth to keep them healthy.
With proper maintenance by your dentist and hygienist and good oral hygiene at home the implant part could last a life time. Over many years the attached ceramic tooth or denture many need replacing. Straumann dental implants have a survival rate of 98.8% over ten years. A recent audit of Dr Edwards implant work adheres to this standard.
The implant procedure begins with an in-depth consultation. This is your chance to find out everything you want to know and discuss any worries you may have – and it’s your dentist’s chance to thoroughly assess your oral health and confirm your suitability for treatment.
At West Parade Dental Care, we won’t go ahead with implant surgery unless the health of your mouth is in top condition. It may be that a number of other treatments are required – such as gum therapy – to get to the stage where you’re ready for implants. Our team is experienced at creating complex treatment plans that are tailored to your individual needs and budget. Your treatment plan will include details of any non-implant alternatives that you might also want to consider, and you will have all the time you need to think it over.
Single and multiple implants can be placed, painlessly, in a single visit under local anaesthetic. For straightforward cases, patients can often return to work the following day. Cases involving bone grafting require more downtime – a week is usually recommended. Following surgery, a temporary restoration will be put in place while you wait for the implant to integrate with your jaw bone – a process that usually takes 12 weeks. You will never be without a tooth.
After integration has been deemed successful, your dentist will fit your final, permanent prosthetic tooth or teeth. Good oral hygiene is essential to maintaining your new smile, and you will need to attend regular visits to the hygienist for this, as well as follow a strict cleaning regime at home.
Many cases involve replacing a single tooth and this is a very successful treatment which avoids damaging the adjacent teeth which would be required for a conventional bridge.
This is a fixed option to replace three teeth. It will function just like your own teeth and care will need to be taken to floss it as you would your own teeth.
This type of treatment gives you complete confidence in your dentures. There are two types of fixation. One is called a locator system where the dentures click into place like a press stud, and the other onto a bar. The bar give you a more sturdy fit. Although you may detect a small movement with these systems they give fantastic life changing stability to your dentures. The advantage of them not being permanently fixed to the implants is the ability to remove them twice daily to clean and disinfect the implants and denture.
The bridge is fixed into place on the implants with no movement and will act and feel like your own teeth used to. It is important that they are brushed and cleaned with interdental brushes every day.
Please see Dr Edwards gallery of implant before and after case studies.