The use of dental implants to permanently replace missing teeth is a scientifically proven treatment that has been successfully used worldwide over the last few decades. Tooth loss can have devastating consequences, but dental implants restore a patientâ€™s ability to chew properly, retain their healthy teeth and feel confident and attractive again.
A dental implant is a small, titanium or titanium zirconium screw-like fixture which is implanted into the jawbone and serves as a replacement for a missing natural tooth root. Once the metal implant has integrated with the surrounding bone, the artificial root acts is a solid base for fixing restorations such as crowns, bridges or dentures.
Dental Implants Options
Replace a single tooth
When a single tooth is lost, due to extraction or an accident, a dental implant is a great option.
Replace multiple teeth
Dental implants can also be used to replace a series of multiple missing teeth. This usually involves the placement of two implants, which are used to support a fixed bridge.
Replace a full arch
Replacing all the teeth in the upper or lower arch, as an alternative to a denture for example, requires several implants to be placed. Their number and exact position will be determined when we assess your individual case.
Secure loose dentures
A loose-fitting denture is a common problem for those who wear traditional dentures. Securing them with dental implants is an ideal way to restore functional chewing and reduce irritation of the gums. The additional support enables you to live your life with confidence, eat what you want and smile without being self-conscious.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can everyone have implants?
Your suitability for dental implants depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. If the quality or quantity of the jawbone is insufficient, it may be possible to graft bone into the area to enable treatment.
Does implant treatment hurt?
During the procedure, we use a local anaesthetic to numb the area so you should not feel any pain. In very complex cases, or for nervous patients, we may suggest conscious sedation. Afterwards you may have some residual pain and swelling, but this can usually be treated at home with over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
How long will my implant last?
Once the titanium implant has integrated with the bone, how long it lasts will be largely dependent on the quality of at-home care and regular attendance at follow-up reviews. Implants, just like natural teeth, will suffer from poor dental hygiene and this can lead to gum infection, bleeding and general discomfort. However, well-cared-for implants can often last a lifetime.