Implants

Dental implants offer one of the most effective and long lasting ways to replace one or more missing teeth. A dental implant can provide a fixed alternative to removable dentures.

These artificial roots are placed in the jaw and fuse to the bone. They can be used to support single crowns for replacing individual teeth or a bridge for replacing multiple missing teeth.

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 shrinkage of the jawbone, and keep existing teeth firmly in place.

Why have implants?

  • 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.

What does the treatment involve?

  • We carry out a full assessment of your general health, how your teeth fit together, your oral health and the density of your jaw bone. 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 a local anaesthetic using a relatively simple surgical procedure.
  • Titanium is very well tolerated by the body, so over a few months the implants will bond with the bone – a process known as osseo-integration.
  • Once settled in and fully healed, we can fit replacement teeth to the now firmly positioned implants.

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.

Have problem teeth affecting your smile? Get in touch and we can help.