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Dental implants - your questions answered by Huddersfield dentist Dr Robin Warne; ADVERTISING FEATURE HUDDERSFIELD DENTAL IMPLANTS & COSMETICS.

DURING the last 30 years or so the use of dental implants has changed dentistry beyond recognition.

Twenty years ago very few people knew anything about implants in the UK. In countries such as Sweden and Switzerland implants have been important for many years and 10 times as many patients have dental implants in these countries as do Britons in the UK.

However over the last five years more and more people in the UK have become aware of the importance of dental implants and today most people have heard about them. But what are they? Huddersfield dentist Robin Warne from Huddersfield Dental Implants & Cosmetics explains more: What are dental implants? Implants are artificial roots placed in your jaws to allow new teeth to be fitted.

They can replace single teeth or multiple teeth right up to full sets with the new teeth being permanently fixed in place similarly to your own teeth.

Often one implant can support more than one tooth. Another option for their use is to help retain loose dentures.

Whichever option is the most appropriate for you they have one thing in common, they are life changing.

They are made from titanium, which is accepted by your own body as itself. Other materials have been used but these are not well researched and may not be suitable in the long term.

The success rates of modern titanium implants is excellent.

Do I need an implant? Have you got missing teeth? Then implants may be right for you!

The obvious cases are those where a single front tooth is missing.

Everyone wants a replacement tooth for a front tooth, but what about back teeth are they important? "Well yes" says Robin. "If a tooth is missing further back in the mouth a lot of people say 'oh it doesn't matter I can't see it', but it's more important than that.

"I agree a back tooth might not be visible but it's function, not beauty, we are talking about.

"If we lose a tooth, the tooth behind it tilts into the space, and the opposite tooth over grows leading to a poor bite.

This in turn overloads the teeth on the other side of your mouth and in turn this side may also fail.

The end result often is that we then overload the front teeth and they can become loose, wear down greatly or push forwards, all of which are outcomes that need further treatment.

"So why not look at replacing those missing teeth before the years roll by doing irreparable damage.

"By the time most of us realise there is a problem many years have passed and a lot of the damage may have already been done.

"That is not to say that it is too late, it's just that a better job could have been done earlier,'' said Robin.

What are the advantages? As we talked about earlier they stop further deterioration of the remaining teeth by supporting them in function.

If you have all the spaces filled the loading on any individual tooth is reduced.

They help prevent the bone from shrinking, which the bone does when there is no tooth to stimulate it.

In fact dentures are the fastest way to loose bone, they actually cause the bone to shrink.

Implants don't need to attach to other teeth so unlike bridges they can be placed almost anywhere.

They do not involve cutting away a tooth either, unlike a bridge.

The success rate of an implant over 10 to 15 years is up to six times higher than that of a simple bridge so ideally perhaps we should place implants not bridges.

I have a few teeth missing. Do I need an implant for every tooth? No you don't necessarily need an implant for each missing tooth.

It is quite possible to replace all the teeth in one arch with only four implants. The implants support a full fixed bridge.

I have full dentures, what are my options? There are basically three common options, the first is to secure a loose denture with two standard or four mini implants.

This will hold the denture firmly in place but still allow some small movement.

Secondly a milled bar can be constructed on four implants and this can support an over denture absolutely rigid.

These are not like the old round bars. And finally teeth can be fixed in place to make a permanent bridge.

HDICRobin explains the procedure to a patient PREMISESThe HDIC building in Albert Yard, Huddersfield MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE ROBIN ? Telephone 01484 537222 ? Call in while passing ? Send an e-mail to


* HDIC: Robin explains the dental implants procedure to a patient * PREMISES: The HDIC building in Albert Yard, Huddersfield
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 21, 2012
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