The next best thing to natural teeth
If you have a gap in your smile due to missing one or more teeth, dental implants offer a strong, stable and very natural looking restorative option. Dental implants use titanium posts placed in the jaw to support a replacement tooth or a bridge to replace multiple missing teeth. Implants act just like tooth roots and fuse to your jawbone, becoming a very long-lasting replacement.
Why have an implant?
Teeth can be lost as a result of gum disease, dental decay, trauma, and injury. Having a missing tooth can greatly impact your self-confidence, especially if the gap is visible when you smile. We can use dental implants to give you stable and supported replacement teeth for life. You can talk and smile in public without the worry your restoration will slip or fail and can confidently eat whichever food you choose.
While there are different options available for replacing missing teeth, implants are seen as superior. They are long-lasting, secure, and strengthen your jaw. Implants are also incredibly versatile and can even be used to support and retain dentures.
What is involved in dental implant treatment?
Consultation – It takes several appointments for us to place an implant and restore a missing tooth. We start with an initial consultation where we discuss your ideal result, create your treatment plan, and tell you how long we envisage the treatment will take and how much it will cost.
Planning – We take x-rays and scans of your mouth so we can get a clear picture of your jaw. It’s important that there is enough bone density to support an implant. We use these X-rays and scans to locate the best spot for us to place the implant. If we are replacing a single missing tooth, the implant will be placed where the tooth root used to be.
Placing the implant – We always use anaesthetic and make sure you are completely at ease when having the implant placed. We place a temporary crown or bridge at the site to keep the area protected while the implant fuses and heals. It takes a few months for the implant to fully fuse to the jawbone. Once it has healed, we arrange for the top of the implant to be exposed from the gum so we can take impressions of the area.
Preparing your new teeth – Whether you are having a crown, or a bridge affixed to your implant, we will need to take digital impressions so we can create perfect replacement teeth. These impressions are then used by a dental lab where your new teeth will be made from tooth-like porcelain. Once they have been crafted and sent back to us, we arrange for the fitting.
Smile! – The fitting makes the treatment worth the wait when you can see yourself with a full smile again. We test your replacement teeth, checking the fit and making sure that you are happy with the end result. We then fix them in place on top of your implant using a special dental adhesive.
Can I have an implant?
If you have enough bone density, then having an implant will not be a problem. Your implant needs plenty of bone to fuse to, so we first assess the health of your jaw. If there has been any loss of bone tissue, we can use a bone graft to encourage the tissue to replenish. In some cases of severe gum disease, we will also need to replace lost bone to help the structure and health of your jaw.
Does having a dental implant hurt?
Dental implant treatment shouldn’t hurt. We use local anaesthetic to numb the affected area during surgery, and any discomfort post-surgery and during the healing process can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief. If you are feeling particularly nervous or worried about the surgery, we may be able to use sedation. Overall, many patients find implant treatment is less painful than a tooth extraction.