Dental implants are a modern method of replacing damaged or lost teeth and providing a healthy, natural-looking smile. The implant is a metal post, usually made of titanium, which support dental prosthesis such as crowns, bridges and dentures. The implant, which is placed into the jawbone, can replace the root of a tooth when it fails.
Improve Your Smile With Dental Implants
You can lose teeth in many ways, from age and accidents to decay, and just one or two missing teeth can dramatically affect the way you bite and chew as well as the way you look.
In the past, expensive and lengthy treatments such as bridges and dentures were the only option, but, now dental implants are more commonly used as a longer lasting, convenient and more cost effective solution. Implants can even be combined with other treatments, such as bridges and crowns, for the most natural looking replacement teeth possible.
If you have lost a tooth or a number of teeth, it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible, as missing teeth put strain on the others in your mouth. The speedy replacement of a lost tooth will slow down bone loss and preserve other, healthy teeth, helping to maintain your oral health,
Dental Implant Surgery
If, after a free consultation with one of our experienced team members, you decide you want to continue your treatment with us, we will schedule a clinical consultation where we will perform an in-depth analysis, compromising a complete dental examination of you existing teeth and gums, digital photographs of the inside and outside of the mouth and all clinical X-rays.
We will then present all of our findings back to you and discuss in detail any issues and advise you of all of your option, giving our expert recommendations. We will then work with you to formulate a bespoke plan of treatment and within seven days of your clinical presentation you will receive a letter via email and/or the post detailing everything we have discussed.
Following this, your three-stage treatment with our implant surgeon, Dr. Richard Brookshaw, will begin.
The Dental Implant Process
1. Implant Placement
The first phase of your treatment will be implant placement. Our implant surgeon will apply a local anaesthetic and implant a titanium post into the jaw bone, in the location of the missing tooth. This procedure is quick – lasting between one and two hours - and relatively painless due to the local anaesthetic. You may experience a small amount discomfort following the placement of the implant but this will subside and healing will occur relatively quickly.
2. Biological Integration
Biological Integration, when the implant integrated with the bone, is usually expected to occur within eight – 12 weeks. In a very small amount of cases this integration may take up to a year. When the implant has integrated with the bone it will provide a strong and stable platform for the new crown or bridge.
3. Restoring the Implant
Once your implant integrated with the bone, we are then able to restore the implant.After taking moulds of the position of the implants, the final ‘teeth’ can be individually designed, made and cemented or screwed into the implant. Once in place they will look, feel and function as a natural tooth.What are dental implants?
Crowns are often fitted to teeth that are heavily filled, chipped or broken and are usually made of porcelain. A tooth-shaped cap (the ‘crown’) is placed over the damaged tooth and cemented in place, restoring the appearance and functionality of a damaged tooth. Where a tooth is lost an implant can be fitted and a crown attached to this
Bridges quite literally ‘bridge the gap’ between missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two anchor teeth, which can be healthy teeth or two crowns held in place by dental implants, with a false tooth or teeth filling the gap between. A bridge can not only improve the appearance of your smile, but they can also reduce the increased stress that is present on other teeth, when you have a gap.