Dental Implants are one way of replacing missing teeth. A biocompatible titanium implant is placed in the jaw bone to support missing replacement teeth. This acts like the root of a natural tooth. Dental Implants can also be used to support fixed bridges or dentures.
Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple teeth with a supported bridge and a full arch with multiple implants.
Am I suitable for implants?
We will need to decide whether implants could be right for you. Contact us to arrange an implant consultation and discussion. During this, we may choose to take x-rays to check if you have suitable jaw density for an implant. Our team will be only too happy to help you with any questions you may have.
What does treatment involve?
Dental Implant treatment usually has two stages. First, the implant is placed in the jaw. Dental Implants are placed into the jaw under a local anaesthetic. You can also opt to have sedation for this procedure.
The dental implant is placed and the gum is stitched so that it heals over the implant.
Under the gum, the bone then grows round the dental implant to hold it firm. This takes a few months.
Once healed, we can then take steps to place the crown, bridge or dentures to the implants. We take impressions so we can create replacement teeth that blend in with your other teeth and fit perfectly to your bite. Attaching the extension needs a small cut in the gum above the implant. The replacement teeth can be fixed permanently or attached in a way which lets you remove them for cleaning.
Looking after your implants
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 for over 15 years. You should also attend regular check-ups so your dentist can make sure your implants stay in great condition.