We’ve been placing dental implants for over 20 years and have an impressive portfolio of before and after photos of treatments we have done in our practice. We’ll use these to explain treatment available to you.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are rooted into the jaw in place of a missing tooth. It’s a perfect way to replace one or more lost teeth. It can also form a basis for more advanced dental procedures.
A fixed implant can support crown or bridge work needed to restore further missing teeth. An implant can also anchor dentures securely making them more comfortable and natural looking.
…a perfect way to replace one or more lost teeth
Having an implant will involve at least one minor operation.
We will discuss with you about what will happen before, during and after the procedure. You will need to have radiographs (x-rays) and possibly a CT scan to check the thickness of your jaw bone and the position of other structures in your mouth before the surgery.
Sometimes we can remove a tooth and put an implant straight into the socket – this is called an immediate implant. However, usually we wait a few months after a tooth is removed to allow the bone to heal – this is known as delayed placement.
The initial procedure involves placing a titanium implant into a hole that has been prepared in your jaw bone. Sometimes an artificial tooth can be attached the same day, but usually you will need to wait between three & eight months to allow your bone to fuse to the titanium. We can fit temporary bridges or dentures so you can’t see the space between your remaining teeth. If you have complete dentures they can be adjusted so that you can wear them throughout the healing phase.
After your bone has fused to the titanium, the artificial teeth are fitted onto the implant. You will be asked to attend for regular check-ups to ensure the implants are secure and functioning well. When properly looked after, implant supported dental restorations can last a lifetime.
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