Restorative Dentistry » Dental Implants
What are dental implants and how do they work?
Dental implants are fixed replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth meaning you can eat and drink whatever you are used to and improving your quality of life in subtle ways.
People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often amazed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem and confidence to smile.
Why choose dental implants?
Dental implants are one of the most predictable ways to replace missing or un-saveable teeth. They usually last far longer than bridges, crowns and dentures. Dental implants are the closest thing to your own teeth in how they look and feel. Though the initial cost is higher they usually need far less replacements. They do however require minor surgery to place the implants.
Am I suitable for dental implants?
Most people are suitable for dental implants. You need to have enough bone in the area that implant placement is planned. This will be assessed at your consultation appointment. Older Age is NOT a contraindication. Patients will need to be at least 18 Years old.
How long does a dental implant take?
Treatment times vary. Usually we will place the implant and provide a temporary tooth to replace the gap. Then the crown/ bridge/ denture will be placed 4 to 6 months later. For same day teeth, a full set of teeth is fixed in place on the implants and replaced with the final set 4 to 6 months later.
What is the process for having dental implants?
During your consultation you will given an individual treatment plan, an explanation of the process, likely timescale and costs. If it is determined that you are suitable, you will have the opportunity to consider the proposed treatment and make an appointment to return to have the implant placed.
On the second appointment, if you have enough bone, the implant is placed and then given time for your body to fuse with it (Osseointegrate).
You will return 4 to 6 months later where the implant is uncovered and the final crown/ bridge/ denture fixed to the implant.
If there is insufficient bone, artificial bone may need to be placed making the processes slightly longer.
The structure of the Dental Implant
What results can I expected from my new dental implant?
Dental implants offer a fixed replacement of teeth that do not damage or put pressure on your natural teeth. They are the closest replacement to your teeth in appearance and function. If looked after with good cleaning and annual reviews, they usually last much longer than crowns or bridges.