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Dental Implants

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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?

Based on a full assessment of your oral health, we can help you decide if dental implants could be suitable for you.  Please contact us for a consultation and we can explain the possibilities and help you with any questions you may have.

If you chose to have dental implants, the procedure is as follows:

  • Implants are inserted into holes in the jaw under local anaesthetic. If you prefer, you can also choose to have sedation for this procedure.
  • The gum is sutured 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. You might have more than one implant. The replacement teeth might be fixed permanently (like a crown or bridge) or attached in a way that lets you remove them for cleaning (like a denture).

Contact us to discuss your implant options and if required we can arrange your care with a local implantologist.  Our team will be very happy to help you with any questions you may have.