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Dental Implants

It is said that implants are stronger than natural teeth. That is true. Natural teeth are suspended within the jaw bone with very fine ligaments.

Implants however, integrate within the bone with actual bone growing on the Titanium the metal that implants are made from.

All you need to receive an implant held new tooth is sufficient good quality bone in which the implant can be placed. Once the implant integrates in your jaw bone it is ready to receive the new tooth.

In most cases the process takes about 3 months start to finish.

Now a days, even if you do not have enough bone there are techniques that allow us to place a successful implant in your jaw.

To check if you are suitable for an implant book a refundable Implant Audit appointment. Once you decide go ahead with the implant the fee for the assessment is deducted from your final bill.

What are implants?

Implants are one way of replacing missing teeth. A post is planted in the jaw bone to support a replacement tooth. This acts like the root of a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to support fixed bridges or dentures.

Implant treatment normally has two stages. First, the implant is placed in the jaw. Then, when the jaw has healed, replacement teeth are attached to the implant. In some situations it is possible for temporary teeth to be attached to an implant at the time of fitting.

Would implants be right for me?

First, you should decide whether implants could be right for you. Contact us to arrange an implant consultation and discussion and we will let you know the possibilities. Our team will be only too happy to help you with any questions you may have.

If you decide to go ahead, this is what will happen. Implants are put into holes in the jaw with a local anaesthetic. You can opt to have sedation for this procedure also.

The implant is screwed or pushed in and the gum is stitched so that it heals over the implant.

Under the gum. the bone then grows round the implant to hold it firm. This takes several months.

Implants usually have two sections – the post in the jaw and an extension that is added later when the post is secure. Attaching the extension needs a small cut in the gum above the implant. You might have more than one implant. The replacement teeth might be fixed permanently (like a crown or bridge) or attached in a way which lets you remove them for cleaning (like a denture).

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