Losing teeth can negatively impact dental health and can make you feel self-conscious when talking and smiling. Dental implants are the most advanced and modern way to replace missing teeth, providing a long-lasting solution, and with the proper care, they can sometimes last for life.
When we remove a tooth, we take out the entire tooth, including its root. A dental implant artificially replaces the tooth and the tooth root. It is self-supporting, consisting of a small titanium post inserted into the jaw where it soon becomes fused in place. The implant is then strong enough to support a new, replacement tooth.
If you have lost one or more teeth, dental implants are frequently a good solution. Treatment is versatile as implants are wonderful for replacing single teeth. They can also restore multiple missing teeth using a dental bridge that fits over the implants. We can even replace complete arches of teeth in this way. Another option is to use dental implants to secure a loose denture. Instead of sliding around uncomfortably on the gums, the denture is held comfortably and firmly in place with several dental implants.
You can almost certainly have dental implants if you have reasonable dental and medical health and are over age eighteen, as your teeth and jaws need to have finished growing and developing. We can assess your suitability during an initial consultation, and if you decide to proceed, you will need further diagnostic tests. These allow us to assess your jawbone health and to plan implant placement.
It doesn’t take long to place a single dental implant, and treatment can often be completed using just a local anaesthetic. However, if you feel anxious or nervous or require multiple dental implants, we can discuss dental sedation to help you relax. First, a tiny incision is made in your gum, allowing the implant post to be carefully inserted into your jaw. The post is then left to heal for three to six months to fuse with the bone around it. Once fused in place, we can make and fit your implant crown, bridge or denture.
It is essential to look after your dental implants properly, cleaning around them thoroughly and attending regular dental checkups and hygiene appointments. Dental implants are easy to care for, and our dental team will show you how to clean them correctly.