We can use dental implants to replace single missing or damaged teeth. They are formed of a metal screw that is implanted into the jawbone to act as the new tooth root and a prosthetic tooth/porcelain crown that is secured on top of it.
Dental implants offer patients one of the most stable and natural-looking ways to replace a missing or severely damaged tooth.
Designed to look, act, and feel just as a natural tooth does, dental implants offer the gold-standard treatment when it comes to replacing a single missing or very damaged or decayed tooth.
What is a dental implant?
Why do I need a dental implant?
We have a range of options available to patients with missing or severely damaged teeth, and where applicable and suitable, we always recommend replacement. Living with a missing tooth can damage a patient’s confidence, make it difficult to eat and talk, and cause a range of oral health issues.
These include other teeth moving to fill the gap, an increased risk of tooth decay, and bone loss to the jaw.
Why choose dental implants?
Dental implants offer patients the most natural and realistic option when replacing a tooth. Not only do they perfectly mimic the natural tooth, but the application of the titanium screw ensures they are completely secure and stable in the mouth and do not pose any danger of slippage.
They are also very easy to take care of and can be treated just as your natural teeth are with brushing twice a day for two minutes, frequent flossing, and regular visits to the dentist and dental hygienist.
What is the treatment process like?
Dental implant placement can take a few months and requires several separate appointments. At the first appointment, we’ll take X-rays and CBCT scans to ensure you’re a suitable candidate for implant treatment. The placement requires enough healthy jawbone to be present, and if not, we may have to choose an alternative treatment or recommend treatment to tackle the issue. This could mean a sinus lift or bone graft treatment.
Once you are good to go ahead with the treatment, the next step is to place the titanium implant. This is done under anaesthetic, so you’re comfortable throughout, and it will be carried out by an implant surgeon. You’ll then have to wait a month or two while the implant and jawbone successfully fuse together – we’ll be able to provide you with a temporary tooth during this time.
Next, you’ll come back into the practice, and we’ll fit you for your personal porcelain crown/prosthetic tooth.
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