Dental implants are an ideal solution if you have missing teeth or are looking for an alternative to wearing dentures. They offer a smile that looks and feels completely natural.
A dental implant is a replacement for a natural root and it’s the most secure and long lasting known anchor for false teeth.
Surgically placed below the gum line, titanium implants fuse with the jawbone so that crowns, bridges or dentures can then be attached by screws or clips.
Implants are the most sustainable alternative to conventional bridges and partial dentures because they don’t require priming of adjacent teeth and they anchor the denture in place, allowing no movement whatsoever.
When teeth are lost, the jaw bone underneath starts to shrink, but implants reverse this process by fusing with the bone, encouraging it to grow naturally to support the implant. This can transform the shape of the face and halt the drastic appearance of ageing brought on by loss of bone volume in the jaw.
If you feel that you need pain relief, you can take over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Always read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine and if you have any questions, ask the pharmacist.
You will need to frequent appointments with us for a few months after surgery. This is so that we can check that all is fine.
Once you have recovered, your implants and replacement teeth should function just like natural teeth and you will be able to eat as normal. It’s very important to make sure that you brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day to ensure they stay healthy. We recommend that you see Helen our hygienist regularly.
If you damage one of the teeth attached to an implant, do not worry we can probably remove it and put in a replacement. If the implant itself is damaged, it may be possible to repair it.
You may have some swelling and discomfort around the implant area. If so, you can take an over-the-counter painkiller such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Always read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine and if you have any questions, ask your pharmacist for advice.
Possible complications of any operation include an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic, or excessive bleeding.
In the event that the nerves are damaged by the implant, you may feel temporary or sometimes permanent tingling or numbness. It may also be painful. X-rays help us see the position of the nerves in your jawbone to minimise this risk.
Occasionally, the jawbone doesn't fuse with the implant properly and the implant can become loose. This isn't usually painful, but the implant won't be able to support false teeth. You may need to have another implant fitted. During your regular check-ups we will make sure your implants are still secure and not causing any problems.
Good dental hygiene will keep your teeth and gums healthy and key to making sure that your treatment is successful and your implants last as long as possible.
Clean and floss your teeth and gums thoroughly every day. It’s also very important that if you haven’t already stopped smoking, you try to quit.
Clean around each implant by brushing and flossing in the same way that you would usually clean your natural teeth. You may need special floss or interdental toothbrushes to clean around your implant and teeth.
Dental implants can last a lifetime if cared for properly. Clean them every day to stop calculus and plaque developing. Which can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort, just as would happen with natural teeth.
We recommend you visit us regularly and make hygiene appointments to maintain your implants and teeth. We will ask to see you more frequently for the first few months after you have implants to check that there aren’t any problems. If all is clear, your dental care will be the same as for natural teeth.
It ultimately depends on the number and location of the implants, but simple, uncomplicated dental implant placement usually takes one visit.
The entire process can take about two to nine months, depending on your treatment plan. There are two main phases: First the implants have to heal by fusing to the bone, and then the tooth replacement restorations have to be fabricated and attached. We will ensure that the size, shape, colour and fit of your teeth will completely blend with and match your individual facial characteristics and remaining natural teeth.
We use a variety of implant suppliers, which enables us to provide the best product for your needs.
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