Dental Implants at Avenue Dental Surgery, Torquay
Dr. Mitesh Badiani, Clinical Lead for the group, has over fifteen years’ experience in the dental field, providing a wide variety of dental services. Amongst them, he has placed over 3000 dental implants for patients and even served as the clinical assistant professor for University of Warwick with over ten years on their MSc Implant programme. Mitesh has worked as a mentor on both “Ankylos” and “Bio Horizon” implant systems and has worked with a range of other implant systems beyond.
Thanks to the expertise of Dr. Badiani, he regularly receives referrals from other dental practices in the South West. Patients with missing or damaged teeth can visit Avenue Dental for dental implants in Torquay, whether they are needed to replace a single tooth, or they are in need of a full mouth reconstruction.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants function as a permanent replacement for missing or damaged teeth. They are titanium screws, specifically designed to replace the root of a tooth when it fails. They are implanted into the jaw, where the root of the tooth would naturally be. Once the implant is fitted, a replacement tooth can be attached to it. Provided that you care for your implants, including attending regular maintenance appointments, they can be highly effective and last for as long as you keep it up.
Avenue Dental can use dental implants to replace an individual tooth, or multiple teeth at the same time. The removal of the damaged tooth and its replacement are performed at the same time. Dental implants have some unique advantages worth noting, too, including:
Some patients may not be suitable for immediate placement. An initial appointment will be made with the clinician for a consultation. After an examination, they will let you know if it is possible.
The procedure for attaching a new tooth is carried out separately from the insertion of the implant. You may have to wait some months, as the implant must be undisturbed to let the bone grow to fit its surface. In the meantime, you may have a temporary denture or bridge to act as a stopgap replacement.
Why consider dental implants?
There are several benefits to using dental implants to replace missing or damaged teeth, including the following:
- Restore your mouth to completion so you can talk, smile, eat and laugh without fear.
- The loss of teeth and the resulting jawbone loss can both cause facial sagging, which prematurely ages your face. Implants reinforce your bone and teeth, preventing that.
- Missing teeth can also get in the way of speech and eating. With a dental implant, you can enjoy restoring the full function of your mouth.
- The gaps caused by missing teeth can become havens for bacteria and food to get trapped in. An implant, provided that it is routinely cared for, stops this from happening. This helps you stay free from gum disease.
How many implants should you consider?
If only one tooth is missing or damaged and needs to be extracted, then you don’t need any more than one implant. If more are missing or removed, you may need more. Some implants can fit more than one tooth, so you don’t always have to match the number of implants to the number of teeth. If you need a full arch of teeth replaced, eight is the most commonly required number of implants.
How are replacement teeth made?
Following the implant, once the bone is thoroughly attached, replacement teeth will be made. These teeth are made using porcelain coloured and designed to mimic the appearance of natural teeth as closely as possible. Compared to temporary replacements, it is nowhere near as noticeably artificial. A titanium post is held to the implant using a small screw, on top of which the replacement tooth is glued using dental cement.
What the treatment entails
If you are suitable for implants, the tooth is removed very gently at first. This will help minimise any pain and feels no different to the average tooth extraction thanks to the use of local anaesthetic.
After six months, the bone should have fused completely to the implant, solidifying its place in the jawbone. Once this is confirmed, the construction of your replacement teeth begins. The procedure for fitting those teeth is short and simple.
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