We can replace missing teeth with dental implants. For any individual missing teeth, multiple teeth and for a full arch, we can use implants to restore appearance and function. It can be a life-changing treatment, especially for people who have been without full functionality due to losing a large amount of teeth.
What are implants?
The implant itself is a titanium artificial tooth root that is placed into the jawbone. Titanium has a fascinating property where it can fuse biologically to bone, forming a strong bond that can support replacement teeth. Implants can be used to support a single crown or a bridge to replace two or three teeth in a row.
Why have dental implants?
Implants are the only method that uses an artificial tooth root to support the false tooth or teeth. This makes them the best solution for missing teeth as the implant itself provides essential structural support to the bone.
Implants can help improve facial structure and encourages the bone to replenish. With dentures, the bone tends to degrade over time. This can cause the face to look visibly older and lose volume.
What does implant treatment involve?
We first start with assessing your bone density. Having enough bone is key to the success of the implant. We take x-rays of your mouth to get a clearer picture of the condition of your jawbone. If we’re happy that the implant will have no issues, we arrange the appointment for the fitting.
If we feel that there isn’t enough bone, we can plan for bone grafting treatment to replenish the lost bone.
Placing the implant
For a single implant, the procedure takes under an hour. We always use local anaesthetic for any surgical procedure and make sure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. The treatment involves creating a site for the implant to fit. The implant is then securely placed into the jaw. A special cap seals the top so the implant can heal and fuse.
It takes a few months for the implant to fully fuse. Once fused, impressions are taken and sent to the lab where the new tooth is made. Once we receive the crown or bridge, we invite you back for the fitting.
The end result is a new tooth that looks and works just like your other natural teeth.
Looking after your implants
Great oral hygiene and regular trips to the dentist will keep you on top of issues that could cause problems for your implants. Just like your natural teeth, implants can be affected by gum disease. Poor gum health, if left untreated, can cause bone to become under attack and weakens the bond between bone and implant. Keeping your mouth gum disease free will keep your implants in top shape.