Dental implants can stand alone, or be used to stabilise a bridge
Are you feeling embarrassed about having a tooth missing? Perhaps it’s preventing you from smiling? A dental implant can restore your smile confidence. An implant is a permanent replacement tooth that looks and feels just like a natural tooth.
Dental implants consist of two parts; a titanium post which is placed in the jaw, and a crown that is later fitted to the top of the post using a connecting abutment. Given that the root fuses with the jawbone before the crown is fitted, your dental implant will be a permanent fixture in your mouth, that won’t move around.
A dental implant will complete your smile again. It should resolve any biting, chewing and communication issues that you were experiencing as a result of tooth loss, and it can even help you look younger for longer. In many cases, a dental implant may help to keep your jawbone and facial muscles stronger for longer.
As long as no preparatory bone grafting is needed beforehand, a drill will be used to place the implant. Once the implant is in place, the gum will be stitched and left for several weeks to heal. This is to allow the osseo-integration process to take place. The final stage is for the crown to be fitted to the implant.
We use a local anaesthetic to ensure minimal discomfort. Sedation is also possible.
Your patient journey
You’ll need a consultation with us before we can fit the implant. This is a chance for us to see which tooth needs replacing, and where it is in the mouth, so we can make the necessary preparations and advise you as to what will happen during the procedure.
The treatment itself will involve a local anaesthetic, placing the root, and then a few months later, having your permanent crown fitted.
The interim period between having the implant placed and the permanent crown fitted is a healing period. The dentist will advise you on how to keep the area around the implant clean and free from infection.
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