Why choose dental implants?
Dental Implants have been used for several decades, with many studies showing very high long-term success rates and strong aesthetic and functional results.
As well as avoiding the cosmetic issue of gaps between your teeth, replacing missing teeth with implants will prevent adjacent teeth from moving into the space and becoming crooked. Implants can also help to support your jaw and prevent bone loss, helping you to avoid the 'sunken face' look.
Am I suitable for dental implants?
We'll let you know if you're a candidate for dental implants after we complete your oral health assessment and CT scan. Before we can begin the implant treatment, your mouth needs to be healthy and free from problems such as tooth decay or gum disease.
There's no age limit for dental implants, as long as there's enough bone in your jaw to support an implant. If your jaw is too small, we may recommend a bone grafting or bone augmenting procedure. You may not be suitable for bone grafting if you have certain health conditions.
If you're not suitable for dental implants, or you'd prefer another option, we can discuss more ways to replace missing teeth.
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What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants can offer a more stable and permanent alternative to removable dentures and bridges. There are many reasons why dental implants have emerged as a popular restorative treatment in recent years, including:
They feel like natural teeth
Unlike removable dentures, which can sometimes be ill-fitting, or a bridge that depends on your healthy teeth for support, dental implants are rooted in your jawbone just like your natural teeth. This strong base helps them to feel more natural and means you won't normally have to alter your diet.
They look like natural teeth
Modern advances in dental materials have enabled implant-supported prosthetic teeth to appear more lifelike and virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your natural teeth. The tooth-like material we use can mimic the shape, size and colour of your natural teeth, even the way it reflects light.
Strong and long-lasting
Dental implants offer a permanent foundation for replacement teeth. While implant treatments cost more than getting dentures, they also usually last longer. In the long run, this can offer significant cost savings. When you take good care of your dental implants, they could even last a lifetime.
Helping to prevent bone loss
When you lose your teeth, the supporting bone structure can start to disintegrate as it's no longer stimulated by biting and chewing. Titanium dental implants integrate with your jawbone and can help to stimulate and preserve the supporting bone, as well as preventing further bone loss and gum recession.
What is the dental implant procedure?
We'll make sure you understand what's involved in the dental implant procedure during your consultation, so you can decide if it's the right choice for you or if you'd prefer a different treatment. Placing an implant involves several appointments.
On your first appointment, we'll examine your mouth and take x-rays and a CT scan to determine the precise positioning of your implant. If you need a bone grafting or augmentation procedure, this will need to be scheduled separately and your jaw given time to heal before an implant can be placed.
We'll then give you a local anaesthetic or other sedative to numb pain and help you feel calm while we place the implant in your jaw. This involves making an incision in your gum, which will then be closed with stitches. We'll place a temporary crown or removable denture over the implant screw.
We'll schedule another appointment after 1 week so we can remove your stitches and check that your jaw and gum are starting to heal. It can take between 6 weeks and several months for the jaw bone to completely heal around the implant, when we can place your custom crown.