With improved healthcare and living standards, many people are able to enjoy longer lives, but enjoying a good quality of life is an important part of this equation. Unfortunately, although people may be healthier, tooth loss is still very common amongst the older population. Around three quarters of the population in the UK have had at least one tooth removed, while complete tooth loss is still relatively common.
With our advances in dentistry, England is now one of the best countries for dental implants. Combine the fact that our dentists Neel Patel and Vinit Gohil are Specialists in Prosthodontics (specialty of restoring and replacing missing teeth) and use only the best dental implants, we believe that One The Gallery is also the best place for dental implants in Oxford.
It’s Hard to Watch Loved Ones Struggling with Tooth Loss
If you have older parents or relatives who are struggling with tooth loss, then this can be very difficult to watch. Often people who have lost teeth will avoid family gatherings and mealtimes because they feel so self-conscious about their missing teeth. Anybody who has missing teeth will find it harder to eat properly, avoiding many of their favourite foods because they are too tricky to chew thoroughly. Other concerns include loose and ill-fitting dentures that may click during talking or which will move about, making it obvious they are false. These common concerns can lead to a sense of social isolation, greatly affecting overall quality of life. In addition, being unable to eat properly can impact nutrition. An elderly parent who is unable to eat properly is more likely to become malnourished and unable to fight infections. If these problems sound familiar then dental implants in Oxford could be a possible solution. And if you decide to go down this route, you'll want to know they're going to the best place to get dental implants.
Introducing the Idea of Dental Implants
If you’d like to help older relatives or elderly parents overcome the problems caused by tooth loss, then it might be worth having a chat with them about the possibility of dental implants. It’s quite likely they may not have heard about this treatment or if they have, have thought it wasn’t for them. The truth is that many older people can benefit greatly from having dental implant treatment and there are numerous solutions that may be suitable. For example, loose dentures can be stabilised with relatively few dental implants, so treatment could be more affordable than you think. If someone is particularly self-conscious about wearing dentures, they could choose implant-retained teeth as a dental bridge can be permanently fitted onto the implants. One thing that is important to stress is that age generally isn’t a problem. Healthy adults who are well into their eighties have successfully had dental implants.
How Dental Implant Treatment Works
Dental implants are a way to artificially replace teeth, consisting of a small titanium post that replicates a real tooth root. This is inserted into the jawbone during a small surgical procedure where it gradually fuses with the bone, a process called osseointegration. Once osseointegration is complete, the implant post is strong enough to support a replacement tooth that will be fitted onto the implant post using a connector called an abutment. Dental implants can be used to support single implant crowns, or to support fixed bridges or removable implant-retained dentures. A complete lower arch of teeth can be retained with this few as two or four dental implants while generally upper arches of teeth require a greater number of implants.
Many of our patients ask 'what are the best dental implants?' At One The Gallery, we use the Straumann or Biomet 3i implant system, as these manufacturers have developed some of the most researched and studied implant systems currently available. For this reason, we believe these to be the best dental implants systems and the best quality dental implants.
How Long Does Implant Treatment Take?
It usually takes several months to complete treatment because of the time required for the implants to fuse with the jawbone. Generally, once an implant is inserted it must be left for 2 to 4 months to fully heal. During this time, temporary teeth are fitted so there is no need to worry that your mum or dad will be left without teeth. Treatment may take a little longer if bone grafting is needed. This might be required because after teeth are removed, the jawbone gradually diminishes, eventually giving the lower half of the face a sunken appearance. To make sure dental implant treatment is successful, it’s sometimes necessary to rebuild the jawbone. This procedure usually needs to be completed before implant surgery, but if only a minimal amount of bone is needed, it might be possible to place the bone at the same time as the dental implants.
How Successful Is Implant Treatment?
When properly planned and placed, dental implants are an extremely good solution with success rates typically in excess of 95%. This does depend on the skill of the implant dentist and their experience and on the patient’s commitment to good oral hygiene and continued professional dental care. Provided your mum or dad visits a good implant dentist and will maintain good oral hygiene for their dental implant health, they should be enjoying their implants for many years to come or even for life. Looking after dental implants isn’t difficult and our dentist in Oxford will show them exactly how to care for them. We're ready to answer any questions they might have, such as 'what is the best floss for dental implants?'
What to Expect during an Initial Dental Implant Consultation
If dental implants are an option, then we certainly encourage family members to attend the initial consultation with their mum or dad. Often there can be a lot of information to take in and lots of questions to ask, so it’s helpful for relatives to be here and having you with them can be enormously reassuring. During this initial consultation, one of our implant specialists will gently examine your mum or dad’s mouth and we will want to know a bit about their medical history. This is to make sure they don’t have any medical conditions that could affect the outcome of treatment. Provided they are generally healthy, this isn’t usually an issue.
After the examination, we can provide a written treatment plan showing all possible options and we can go through each option with you both. We never hurry this part of the appointment because it’s important for us to spend this quality time with you. Patients are given the treatment plan to take home with them so you can discuss it as a family later on. Of course, if you have any questions then we are always here to help. The aim is to ensure we provide all the information needed for your parent to make a fully informed decision.
Click here to read this case study from a recent case that was referred to us from another practice: Case Study for Dental Implants in Oxford
Potential Benefits of Dental Implant Treatment
With dental implants, your parent or relative could enjoy the sensation of having stable teeth that look and function just like real teeth. Dental implants make it far easier for people to eat properly and to socialise without worrying about their teeth moving about. They are far more comfortable than conventional dentures which rest on the gums and can frequently create sore spots. Mealtimes become a pleasure instead of an ordeal, making it easier for an older person to maintain good nutrition that is so important for good overall health. The potential improvement to general well-being and overall quality of life is potentially priceless.
If you're looking for an Oxford dentist for dental implants, it's understandable that you would ask 'where is the best place to get dental implants?' Well, Neel Patel and Vinit Gohil are both highly trained and skilled in placing implants. We often receive referrals from other dentists, due to their experience and qualifications in this field. Every single step of your mum or dad’s implant treatment will be carefully assessed and planned as we don’t leave anything to chance. We use advanced computer guided surgery to ensure the treatment process is smoother and quicker and we go out of our way to ensure any treatment received is comfortable and pain-free.
How much does implant treatment cost?
We do understand that patients often want to get the best prices on dental implants, but we know that cheaper implants can cause problems and we don't believe in compromising on quality when it comes to patient health. The cost of dental implants largely depends on an individual patient's needs. You can find a guide here, but we will always give you a schedule of costs prior to treatment, so that you can budget in advance.
To discuss implant treatment with our friendly dental team, contact One The Gallery on 01865 256007 to book an appointment with Neel or Vinit or click below.