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Dental Implants

Dental implants offer one of the most effective and long lasting ways to replace one or more missing teeth, providing a fixed alternative to dentures. Teeth can be lost for a number of reasons including decay, trauma, infection or gum disease, and this loss can result in a whole host of problems. Implants can improve how you eat and speak, prevent bone loss in the jawbone and keep existing teeth firmly in place.

Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone to act just like tooth roots. As titanium is a durable metal that is very well tolerated by the body, these cylindrical posts eventually fuse with the bone, providing a firm foundation for a crown or bridge restoration to be placed on top.

benefits

  • Unlike ill-fitting dentures, which can have a tendency to move around uncomfortably in your mouth, implants stay firmly in place.
  • Implants help protect the jawbone by keeping it stimulated and they prevent existing teeth from moving around.
  • They eliminate the speaking and chewing problems that may be caused by missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures.
  • They can provide a significant boost to your confidence by restoring your smile.

treatment steps

  • We carry out a full assessment of your general health, how your teeth fit together, your oral health and the density of your jawbone. If we discover you have insufficient bone volume, you may need a grafting procedure to allow for the successful placement of implants.
  • The titanium posts are placed in the bone under local anaesthetic using a relatively simple surgical procedure.
  • Titanium is very well tolerated by the body, so over a few months the implants will integrate and bond with the bone – a process known as osseo-integration.
  • Once settled in and fully healed, we then fit crowns or bridges to the now firmly positioned implants.

aftercare

You need to maintain good oral hygiene following treatment to ensure your implants remain trouble-free. If well looked after, with a regular brushing and flossing routine, they can last well over 15 years. You should also attend regular check-ups so your dentist can make sure your implants stay in great condition.

See the results of Dental Implant treatment

 

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To see more before and after treatment images visit our Dental Implants Smile Gallery.


Frequently Asked Questions


You shouldn’t feel any pain during your dental implant treatment, as we use local anaesthetic during the surgery. We can also provide sedation for very nervous patients when necessary. Afterwards, you may feel some discomfort, but this does not last long and can be managed by taking painkillers as advised by your dentist.


The whole dental implant process takes several months, as the implant needs time to heal and attach to your bone before fixed permanent teeth can complete your smile. The implant surgery itself is a relatively quick procedure, but healing can take up to six months. Your new smile will be worth the wait!


Dental implants have the potential to last for the rest of your life, provided they are properly looked after. As they are attached to your jawbone, they mimic natural tooth roots. You need to remember to brush and floss twice a day, look after your overall health, and visit your dentist for regular check-up appointments. The replacement tooth fixed on top of your implant may need to be replaced over time due to 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 not vulnerable to decay or cavities, but you will still need to brush and floss to keep the gum surrounding the implant healthy and problem-free. Keeping your gums healthy is paramount to keep your implant restorations.


Dental implants usually affect how you talk in a very positive way! You may find it easier to pronounce certain words or speak clearly when you no longer have a missing tooth, and you will certainly speak more confidently with securely supported implants than any other restorations like removable dentures.


Yes, teeth implants are very successful at replacing a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. We can insert several strategically placed implants to support a bridge or partial denture, replacing several adjacent teeth. Dental implants can also be used to replace a full arch of upper or lower missing teeth, giving you back the confidence of a full smile.