dental implants

Missing teeth can be replaced in a number of ways using the latest materials and techniques to make the ‘new tooth’ look completely natural.

For over 40 years, dental implants have offered patients an exciting solution to the problem of missing teeth. They can be used to replace one or more teeth or to hold dentures more securely in the mouth.

Unlike conventional bridges, dental implants do not involve grinding down adjacent teeth. In other words, potentially healthy teeth are not damaged, there is no risk of tooth decay or problems with the tooth roots as long as the oral hygiene is maintained.

Dental implants transmit chewing forces to the jawbone, stimulating and preserving bone and preventing further bone shrinking normally associated with missing teeth.

the process

Implant treatment can normally be broken down into 4 phases:

Treatment Planning

The dentist will take x-rays, impressions (used to fabricate models) and occasionally a more detailed x-ray (CT scan). These are used to determine where the implant will be placed. This phase will usually require one or two visits.

Implant Placement

The implant is placed in the bone – with the use of a local anaesthetic in a totally sterile environment. Occasionally a bone graft may also be required at the placement visit. This phase usually requires only one visit.

Crown Placement

Following a period of integration (usually 3–6 months) a crown is manufactured and attached to the implant. This is tried in the mouth first to make sure it matches the shape and colour of your other teeth and then fixed permanently into place once this is correct. This phase will usually require 2 visits.

Hygiene Maintenance

Regular hygiene maintenance is important in the long term to preserve the life span of your dental implant.

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