‘Gold Standard’ Tooth Replacement With Dental Implants in Ipswich

Could lockdown savings provide the opportunity to have arguably the best tooth replacement option available?

Implant in the jaw2020 was a tough time for most of us and we are all hoping that this year will prove to be a better one and there are cautiously optimistic signs of that. Even though we may have struggled during the various lockdowns and restrictions though, they may, for some of you, have presented opportunities as well.

Although it may have been frustrating and isolating, those of you who have been working from home and whose business was not significantly affected by the pandemic may have found that whilst your income stayed the same, your spending opportunities declined to the point where you have started to build up a level of savings.

No doubt, there are many things competing for any money that has been saved but if you are a denture wearer or have a gap in your teeth that you haven’t done anything about yet, this could be the perfect opportunity for our Ipswich patients  to have teeth implants at Foxhall Dental Practice.

Why dental implants rather than dentures?

Some might argue that dentures work perfectly well when it comes to replacing a missing tooth, and if that is the case for you, then that is fine. There are benefits to having dentures; probably the main one being that they often require no invasive surgery to have them. For many wearers though, and especially those who have had them a while, dentures can prove to be inconvenient and sometimes uncomfortable and unstable.

The reality is that dentures do not replace the missing root of the tooth and whilst this part may not be visible, it does play an important role. If you lose the root of a tooth, the supporting bone structure is no longer needed  and will gradually be reabsorbed by the body for use elsewhere. This in turn will cause minor changes in the shape of your face (and possibly more significant ones in the case of multiple tooth loss). As your face changes shape, your dentures will no longer fit as securely as they did before. This can cause them to rub against the gums, causing discomfort and may also move around in the mouth a little, sometimes creating speech issues.

Even in the best situation, dentures are fiddly and a little messy to clean as they have to be removed at night for cleaning; something that doesn’t apply to implants.

Reasons for choosing tooth implants

Unlike dentures, teeth implants also replace the root of the tooth. In fact, correctly speaking, dental implants ARE the replacement root part. The implant itself is a screw like object which our experienced Ipswich dentists place into the bone in the jaw and which is then allowed to fuse with it over a period of time, usually around 3 months. This then provides a very secure replacement root onto which we attach a crown. As a root is present, this provides the wearer with a very high level of strength and stability; something which many denture wearers find not to be the case for them.

Dental implant patients benefit from a number of advantages. These include:

  • Strong and secure. No issue with eating any food at all
  • Won’t move around in the mouth when eating or talking to others
  • Both look and feel natural after initially getting used to them
  • Easy to keep clean with regular brushing, flossing and dental hygienist visits
  • Long lasting. With good care, they can last you for 20 years plus
  • Prevent bone loss and preserve your natural face structure
  • Cost effective (more on that a little later)

It is true that implants require minor surgery but this should cause no more discomfort than many other invasive procedures. We are very happy to discuss this, or any other aspect of the treatment, with you during an initial consultation.

It is also true that implants are a more expensive option than dentures. This is certainly true of the initial outlay but implants, if looked after correctly, should need no further treatment and given their long life span, actually work out much more affordable if you consider the cost against this. On the other hand, dentures may need adjusting a number of times and it is not uncommon for them to break, especially when dropped whilst cleaning them!

Whether you have accumulated savings or not, Foxhall Dental Practice has a number of payment plans available which enable you to spread the cost of payment over a period of time.

If you are unhappy with your dentures or need a missing tooth replacing, our experienced team of dentists at our Ipswich practice are here to help you. To arrange an initial consultation with us, please call us on 01473 258396.