At Stella Dental in Stafford, we offer a range of dental implant treatments, from single-tooth implants to multiple implants, to a completely new smile. Tooth implants are the gold standard of dental restorations as they are fixed straight into the jawbone, which ossifies around the newly fitted teeth, strengthening the bond. With the correct care, dental implants from our Stafford dental practice can last for decades, allowing you to talk, eat, and smile confidently.
A dental implant comprises a synthetic tooth on a titanium screw securely placed in the jawbone. Beyond cosmetic concerns, missing teeth impact more than just appearance. The strength of your jawbone relies on its connection to teeth, and tooth loss can cause areas of bone depletion, affecting the jaw’s form and function. Multiple missing teeth can notably compromise oral health and alter facial structure—issues that a Complete New Smile can avert. This comprehensive approach not only enhances appearance but also significantly improves tooth functionality, preventing these adverse outcomes.
In our Stafford dental office, we offer a variety of implant options:
- Single or multiple dental implants involve titanium screws placed directly into the jawbone, allowing for fusion with the surrounding bone. Once healed, these implants can support replacement teeth.
- Stafford’s implant-supported bridges, akin to traditional dental bridges, are bolstered by implants on each side, providing natural replacement for multiple missing teeth at Stella Dental.
- For those with no remaining natural teeth, implant-retained dentures (also termed implant-supported dentures) offer replacement teeth affixed to dental implants, presenting an excellent solution.
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Replacing missing teeth is crucial for several reasons:
- Restoring chewing function, which can be compromised due to tooth loss.
- Enhancing cosmetic appearance. While individual importance may vary, replacing a missing tooth typically contributes to greater satisfaction with one’s appearance, based on our experience.
- Minimising the impact on surrounding teeth. A gap from a missing tooth can strain neighbouring teeth, potentially causing issues for them in the future.
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At Stella Dental in Stafford, dental implants and bridges are both dental restorations, but they differ in how they address missing teeth.
- Dental Implants: These are individual artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are surgically placed into the jawbone. Once in position, they bond with the bone, providing a sturdy base for a replacement tooth or a crown. Implants stand independently and don’t rely on neighbouring teeth for support.
- Bridges: A dental bridge, on the other hand, uses the support of adjacent teeth to fill a gap caused by a missing tooth. It consists of a false tooth (pontic) held in place by crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap. The neighbouring teeth serve as anchors for the bridge.
In essence, an implant replaces the root of the missing tooth, while a bridge uses adjacent teeth for support in filling the gap. Both have their advantages and suitability based on individual needs and dental health.
Other forms of dental restoration might enhance function and mimic the appearance of natural teeth, however, dental implants at our Stafford-based practice offer distinct advantages:
- Endurance spanning decades, if not a lifetime
- Avoids harm to adjacent, healthy teeth
- Maintains jaw health, bone density, and jaw strength
- Mimicking the natural aesthetic of real teeth
- Forming bonds with the jaw as strong as those of natural teeth
Following implant surgery, at Stella Dental in Stafford, the gum areas around your implants may be tender. To safeguard the healing tissue and facilitate the strongest bond between your implants and jaw, a specialised diet is necessary initially, comprising soft, protein-rich foods like yoghurts and smoothies. As you progress through the healing process, a gradual transition back to your regular diet will be recommended. Specific dietary guidance for each stage of recovery will be provided during your consultation.
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If you’re missing several teeth and have adequate jawbone volume, you’re likely a good candidate for a complete new smile. Our implant specialist will evaluate your mouth and jaw, review your medical history, and conduct X-rays and a CT scan to confirm the suitability of a complete new smile for you.
A dental bridge isn’t limited to replacing just one tooth—it can extend to filling larger gaps, accommodating two, three, or even more missing teeth. Typically, a traditional dental bridge incorporates one or more artificial teeth (pontics), secured by dental crowns on neighbouring teeth. Sometimes, an implant may support the bridge, known as an implant-supported bridge. During your complimentary consultation, our Stafford dentists will assess your individual needs and decide if a dental bridge is the suitable option for your missing teeth replacement.
Crafting a properly fitting new denture involves multiple appointments at our Stafford clinic, typically scheduled over 1-2 weeks. On average, the entire process of making a denture spans 6-8 weeks, ensuring meticulous attention to detail and a well-fitting denture that meets your satisfaction.