Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are specially designed screws which are implanted into the jaw and act like natural tooth roots. They are a permanent replacement for missing or damaged teeth and with routine care, dental implants have a high level of success.

We can replace one or more teeth at the same time that they are removed by inserting an implant, made from titanium, into the empty extraction socket. The advantages of this technique for you are that:

  • Your jaw bone and gum tissue are preserved, minimising the effect that loss of a tooth has on the appearance of your smile and facial profile

  • You’ll need fewer visits for treatment because the tooth is removed and the implant placed on the same visit.

  • The waiting time for your new implant tooth is reduced

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Replacing missing teeth has several advantages:

  • You feel great because you can talk, smile, eat and laugh again with confidence

  • Improved facial appearance – the loss of back teeth can cause your mouth to sink and face to look prematurely older

  • The correct functioning of your mouth – with missing teeth, your speech may be affected since the front teeth help to form certain sounds

  • Prevention of bone loss from the jaws – after teeth are removed, the jawbone that was associated with the roots of the missing tooth dissolves away. The insertion of dental implants restores the natural functions of the mouth

How Many Implants Are Needed?

If one tooth is to be extracted then it can be replaced by a single implant. If a number of teeth are to be lost, more implants will be required. It is not always necessary to match the exact number of teeth being extracted, for example, it may be possible to fit three teeth on two implants. Four implants are often all that are required to replace a full arch of teeth – a process known as ‘All on Four’.

What's Involved in the Treatment Process?

To avoid damaging the bone and gum, the tooth is removed very gently, which minimises the amount of pain after the procedure. Surprisingly, the discomfort experienced is typically no different to that felt following a normal tooth extraction. There is no need for stronger injections during the procedure, as the same local anaesthetic used to numb the tooth for extraction is often sufficient.

Once the implant bone attachment has been checked and confirmed, the new teeth can be made. They are made from tooth coloured porcelain producing a natural appearance, which is almost impossible to spot against natural teeth. A titanium post is connected to the implant and held in place with a small screw. The finished tooth is then glued onto the post with a special type of dental cement/adhesive.

What Next?

Due to each patient’s needs being unique, a consultation with one of our dentists is necessary to identify the treatment that is most suitable. Our team will create a bespoke treatment plan, outlining all of the costs to put the patient in control of their treatment choices. We will also outline all of the payment options available, such as finance options to spread the cost of treatment or monthly plans to cover the cost of routine dental care. To book an appointment, please use the button below…

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