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Everything you ever need to known about Implants

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Implants make excellent tooth replacements for any teeth but with particular advantages at the back of the mouth

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Some of you reading this will hopefully have also read about the benefits of dental implants in our previous blogs. This method of replacing missing teeth is becoming increasingly popular and more and more people are asking about them at our Ipswich dental clinic when they have lost a tooth.

Most people probably consider implants when they have lost a tooth that is visible when they smile. Dentures could be used as a replacement of course, but potential movement of them could be very obvious when talking for eating for example. Fortunately, dental implants offer a much more stable option.

It isn’t just the fact that implants offer a natural looking replacement tooth; they also provide a great deal of strength and durability and this is why we often recommend them to patients who have lost a rear tooth, also known as molars, rather than dentures. In today’s blog, our Foxhall Dental Clinic team discusses why this is advantageous.

Do you need to replace missing molars?

This is a question that we are sometimes asked by patients who have to have a rear tooth extracted. Because of their lack of visibility, some patients might decide to ‘do without’ them as no one sees them anyway. Although this is understandable, it really isn’t a good idea and can actually cause harm to your remaining teeth.

The main issue is that our rear teeth do a lot of the hard work of breaking food down and chewing it. Especially with harder foods, this requires a significant amount of force, which a healthy rear tooth is designed to do. Problems arise though when these teeth are absent and the food has to be broken down by other teeth that are not designed for this purpose.

This can often cause premature wearing as well as breakages in some instances. By replacing your missing rear teeth with a robust implant alternative, you can help keep the rest of your teeth healthy by avoiding unnecessary stresses upon them.


Traditionally, dentures have been used for this but their periodic lack of stability can prove to be problematic when eating, especially where the food is harder. This often leads to people limiting what they eat to foods that are easy to chew. This can remove quite a lot of enjoyment when eating, and especially where a ‘difficult’  food has been cooked and presented to you by a host. You are then left with a choice of struggling to eat it or feeling embarrassed by the need to explain why you can’t. With dental implants, these problems don’t exist.

A strong bite

As mentioned previously, our rear teeth provide a great deal of force in order to chew and break down our food. This level of force can pose significant challenges for dentures, but with dental implants, this is not the case. Once fully integrated into the jawbone, implants are strong, secure and stable and can withstand any force that a healthy natural tooth can (and possibly more). This means that you can choose to eat food based on what you want to eat rather than what you think your replacement teeth might be able to withstand.

No bone loss

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Does Chewing Your Food Cause You Pain?

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If putting pressure on your teeth causes significant discomfort, you may have a root canal infection

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Eating should be an enjoyable experience, but when the taste of your favourite food is spoiled by a severe pain when you bite down on it, you know that you have a problem.

Whilst we might often assume that this means we have tooth decay and that a straightforward filling should be all that we need, a symptom such as this could mean that you have an infection in the root canals of your teeth, a problem that will require a more complex treatment at our Ipswich dental clinic.

Root canal infections occur following damage or major wear to the enamel on our teeth. This allows bacteria to enter into the more porous dentin part of the tooth. In many cases, discomfort will be noticeable at this stage, often in the form of a toothache, and usually patients will then visit the Foxhall Dental Practice to have this checked and treated.

Where this initial discomfort isn’t felt, or where patients choose to ignore these early warning signs, the bacteria may then enter into the root canals of the tooth, causing an infection that can lead to severe pain.

Treating a root canal infection

When the root canals of a tooth become infected, the tooth can not be restored using the normal filling method. In order to access the root canals, your dentist will first of all provide you with a local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort that the procedure might cause (more on that later). They will then need to access the top section of the tooth so that the root canals can be reached. Once this has been done, the infected material can then be removed and the hollow canals thoroughly cleaned to remove any remaining bacteria.

Once cleaned, the root canals then need to be filled. Usually, fillings are carried out using either an amalgam filling or one of the increasingly popular tooth coloured fillings that we offer our Ipswich patients. In the case of a root canal procedure though, a special type of filling called ‘gutta percha’ is used. Gutta percha is a thermoplastic substance that comes from the percha tree, most commonly found in Malaysia. This material is used as it can be heated and then compressed into the root canals. This provides an excellent sealant that minimises the risk of any reinfection following the procedure. Finally, in most instances, the dentist will apply a crown to complete the restoration. This has the advantage of providing additional strength to the restored tooth as well as making it look natural again.

A ‘dead’ tooth

Once the tooth has been restored, it is important to remember that it will have no sensation at all. This is due to the nerves being removed, along with the other infected pulp material, as they are stored in the root canals. This means that you will need to be careful when eating, that you don’t bite down on anything too hard with the tooth as you won’t be able to judge the pressure you are applying. Although a root canal treated tooth is relatively strong, it will not be as strong as a healthy tooth and caution should be applied when using that tooth, otherwise it could fracture.

Does the procedure hurt?

This is the question that we are most frequently asked about this procedure. This is hardly surprising given the bad ‘rap’ that it has had, often being used to signal the most severe pain possible. The good news for anyone needing this treatment is that you really shouldn’t experience any more discomfort than you would expect from other invasive dental procedures.

The anaesthetics that are currently used are very powerful and minimise any risk of you feeling pain. You may feel some sensations that concern you during the treatment, and it may feel like pain is imminent, but the anaesthetics prevent this from happening. Our experienced team has performed this procedure too many times to mention and you can be sure that we will make the treatment as comfortable as we can for you.

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