Implants are a truly modern and advanced way to replace missing teeth. They create a very strong foundation, allowing you to regain the function of natural teeth and eat, speak and smile with confidence again. A titanium post is planted in the jaw bone to create a fixed new root, able to successfully support a replacement tooth. Implants can also be used to support fixed bridges or dentures.
Implant treatment normally has two stages. First, the implant is placed in the jaw. Then, when the jaw has healed, replacement teeth are attached to the implant. In some situations it is possible for temporary teeth to be attached to an implant at the time of fitting.
Dental implants are a highly effective and innovative restoration, transforming the way you eat, speak and feel. A gap in your smile can cause your facial shape to lose structure, as your gum can shrink and remaining teeth move over time. Dental implants not only restore this and provide crucial support, they can greatly improve your quality of life and self-confidence. You no longer have to worry about avoiding certain foods and can feel happy about showing off your smile again.
First, you should decide whether implants could be right for you. Contact us to arrange an implant consultation and discussion and we will let you know the possibilities. Our team will be only too happy to help you with any questions you may have.
If you decide to go ahead, this is what will happen:
We use state-of-the-art digital dental equipment to plan the ideal positions for your dental implants and ensure treatment will be accurate and precise.
The titanium implants are placed into your jawbone. We use local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort during the procedure. Your gum is then stitched so it heals over the implant.
Your implant takes 3-6 months to heal and fuse to the surrounding jaw bone under the gum. During this healing process, we fit a temporary tooth to protect your vulnerable gum.
Implants usually have two sections – the post in the jaw and an extension that is added later when the post is secure. Attaching the extension needs a small cut in the gum above the implant. You might have more than one implant. The replacement teeth might be fixed permanently, like a crown or bridge, or attached in a way which lets you remove them for cleaning, like a denture.
Most patients are a suitable candidate for dental implant treatment, and as long as you are in good general and oral health you can be considered. They are not an ideal option for everyone, and some people may need preparatory treatment first, such as a bone graft or sinus lift. Your dentist will discuss your suitability for treatment in detail with you at your initial consultation, including your options and expected costs.
We use local anaesthetic during dental implant surgery to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. You won’t be able to feel a thing. After treatment, it is normal to experience some discomfort, and this can be managed with pain relief advised by your dentist. Implant treatment is often less painful than having a tooth extraction, and most patients are able to return to their usual routines the next day.
The whole process, from missing teeth to secure fixed replacements, can take several months. The implant surgery is a relatively quick procedure, but the implants themselves need around 3-6 months to heal and fuse before fixed permanent teeth can be placed. Your new smile will be more than worth it in the end!
Dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime if they are properly looked after. This includes maintaining an excellent brushing and flossing routine, looking after your general health and attending regular check up appointments with your dentist. The crown or bridge that the implant supports may need to be replaced over time due to normal wear and tear.
You should treat your dental implants just like natural teeth, and include them in your normal oral hygiene routine. As they are made from artificial materials, your implants are invulnerable to decay or cavities, but you will still need to brush and floss to keep the gum surrounding the implant healthy and problem-free.
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