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
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. Eight implants are often all that are required to replace a full arch of teeth.
Once 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 special type of dental cement.
We allow three to six months for the bone to fuse around the implant and become solid in the jawbone. During this time, a temporary crown or denture is used to fill the gap. After three to six months, the Dental Surgeon begins to build the new crowns, bridges or dentures that will be placed on the implants.
During your visit, your dentist will outline the options available to suit your needs and budget, as well as providing you with a bespoke treatment plan. We understand the importance of making our dental care available to everybody – that’s why we offer finance options, to spread the cost of your treatment and monthly plans, to cover the cost of your routine dental care.
As a healthcare provider, we have always adhered to high infection control standards. Based on government guidance, our practice continues to adapt and intensify our protocols so our staff can care for our patients safely while the coronavirus remains a threat to everyone’s health.
To help explain these new measures, we have produced a short video: