What are Dental Implants?
Implants are titanium screws that are placed into the bone of the upper or lower jaw. They serve as man-made substitutes for the root portion of lost natural teeth, and act as an anchor for replacement teeth. Dental implants can be use to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth and to secure dentures.
Once the implant has been placed into the bone it takes 3-6 months for the bone to grow around the implant. Once this process is complete we can attach the new tooth or teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Permanence and Reliability
Research and documented scientific studies have shown the effectiveness and long lasting results of implants. You can rely on your new teeth to look, feel and function like natural teeth for years to come.
Dental implants are right for you
Dental implants are appropriate for just about everyone. There is no concern over your age. If you are healthy then dental implants could be for you. Dental implants can replace one tooth, a group of teeth or all your teeth. Implants can now be placed in the region of the sinus in the upper jaw. Please contact for more details.
Dental Implants: What are they?
A dental implant is a small screw-shaped attachment usually made from titanium. It is inserted into the jaw bone to take the place of a missing tooth root. Once the bone attaches firmly to the implant (Osseo integration), a replacement tooth can be secured to the top of the implant. The new tooth will generally be fitted to the implant 4 – 5 months later. This new tooth can look just like a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to support a bridge or a denture.
Implants that are secured or stabilised to replacement teeth are more comfortable than conventional dentures because there is no slipping or movement. This eliminates some of the key worries of dentures and improves selfconfidence.
What is involved in the implant process?
The implant process normally involves several steps that take place over a period of time from three to nine months. Although there are various methods used according to particular circumstances.
Below is a general idea of the appointments required to complete the treatment and what will happen at each stage.
Consultation and treatment planning – A full mouth assessment will made, X-rays and a CT scan taken if necessary and impressions of your teeth done to make models to see how your teeth fit and work together. You will get a full treatment plan letter with the costs and clinical photographs. This is usually carried out at the first 2 appointments.
Next comes the implant placement appointment – This is a relatively minor surgical procedure. It is carried out using local anaesthetic and if you are feeling anxious can be accompanied by some oral sedation. All implants are placed under sterile conditions.
Once the implant has been inserted into the bone, the surgeon will then put some stitches in to help the gum to heal together and cover the implant. These stitches are dissolvable and can take up to a week to disappear completely.
The next appointment is usually around 2 weeks after the implant surgery and the purpose of this is for the surgeon to check the area where the implants have been placed and review the healing process.
The Integration Period
After this you will usually have to wait for between 3 and 5 months for the implant and the bone to knit together. This is called the Integration period. During this time any gap that you have in your teeth will have a temporary bridge of denture to fill the space.
The Restoration Period
When you return 3 – 5 months later, you will begin the restorative phase which can take between 2 – 5 appointments and between 2- 8 weeks depending on the amount of appointments required.
At the first appointment of the restorative period, the surgeon will expose the top of the implant. Next they will take impressions of the tooth/teeth to send to the laboratory so that they can begin the process of making your Bridge, Crown or Denture.
The amount of appointments in the restorative phase varies mainly because of the amount of teeth which need to be restored and the type of restoration you are having made. Different types of restorations need to go between the dentist and laboratory different amounts of times.
When making a crown or bridge to go on top of your implant/implants the final restoration will either be screw on or it will be cemented in.
Patients are often surprised at how little discomfort they experience during and after implant procedures.
This does vary on the amount of implants you have and whether you opt for oral sedation. We usually recommend that you clear your diary for 48 hours after the procedure.
Once treatment is completed, you should be able to eat a normal, healthy diet with little or no difficulty. Most patients go on to eat a normal meal the day after surgery. It is recommended that you clean the area thoroughly after eating.
A range of treatments is available. Usually treatment requires a series of appointments spread over several months. Occasionally implant treatment can be undertaken and completed in a much shorter period, possibly in a day.
Once treatment is completed, a routine of careful dental hygiene and regular dental check-ups should ensure that implants last for many years.
There is no upper age limit for patients to undergo implant treatment, provided they continue to enjoy good general health.
The case below shows a fractured root on the upper left central incisor. The tooth was extracted 8 weeks later; a bone graft was performed and an implant was placed. 3 months later the implant was uncovered and we started the process of making the new crown, which took 6 weeks. Throughout it all a temporary tooth was in place so the patient did not have a gap.
This patient presented with a large infection under the upper bridge. Due to the high aesthetic nature of the case, two dental implants were placed along with gum recontouring. These were restored with a four tooth bridge and all ceramic crowns. The gum condition will mature over time.
This patient was referred to us with a missing central incisor. An implant was placed and this was initially restored with a provisional crown. This was then replaced with the definitive crown and as you can see, the result obtained has been worth the wait.
What our patients say?
Contact us to arrange an appointment or if you would like more information on dental implants using the contact form down below. We will get back to you as soon as possible.