Eat, speak and smile with confidence again. Dental implants – the modern choice for tooth replacement.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial or prosthetic tooth root which is placed into the jaw. Once this implant is in position, a tooth that has been built to match your own teeth is fixed onto it.
Natural tooth (1), dental implant (2)
and tooth crown (3)
What does the procedure involve?
This skilled procedure starts with the placement of a prosthetic root implant, which is usually made of titanium, into your jaw under local anaesthetic. If you are particularly nervous, you may be able to be sedated. After 3-6 months, when the jaw has healed, an impression is taken. One of our trusted dental laboratories can then build your new tooth/teeth to the exact size, shape and colour required. This is then tried in place, and if you and your dentist are happy, it is fixed securely to the artificial root.
Why should you consider dental implants?
There are four reasons why you might consider dental implants:
An Aesthetic Solution:
Dental implants have been developed to offer reliable stability and to provide a natural-looking smile.
When using an implant to close the gap, the neighbouring teeth are not affected and the natural tooth surface remains intact.
Implants transmit chewing forces to the jaw bones, thus helping to maintain the bone.
A Long-Term Alternative to Removable Dentures:
Conventional, removable dentures are no longer necessary, although may be required in the short term during the implanting process. As such, you should enjoy a much more comfortable experience when talking, smiling, and eating.
What is the difference between dental implants, dentures and bridges?
Dental implants, dentures and bridges are solutions available following tooth loss or extraction. The below provides a summary of the differences between each:
Before (left) and after (right) dental implant.
An implant is a small screw (normally titanium) that is placed in the jaw bone to act as an artificial root. Typically implants offer a better quality of life; a natural and aesthetic appearance that leaves other, healthy teeth intact.
Dentures are removable structures that go over the gum and replace lost teeth, which can be for either one tooth or a few teeth (partial dentures) or for the whole jaw or mouth (full dentures). However, these are less stable than fixed options. Full dentures can be held into place with dental implants.
A bridge is a more traditional form of treatment for tooth replacement, spanning the gap between the missing tooth and the two adjacent teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for teeth on either side of the gap, with a false tooth/teeth suspended in between.
Where can you find out more information?
Use the Practice Finder to locate your nearest practice where a member of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can also book an initial consultation, which will assess your suitability for dental implants. If suitable, your dentist will refer you to a dental practitioner specialising in Implantology, who will explain the treatment options available to you. At your consultation, you will discuss a plan tailored to your specific dental needs, as well as the costs, so that you can make an informed decision that’s right for you. Finance options are available.