WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

A dental implant is a titanium rod that is gently placed directly into the  jawbone to act as an anchor to support one or more crowns or a denture. Each implant can usually be used to support up to two false teeth.

One major advantage of an implant is that it avoids the need to drill down the teeth either side of the “gap” which would normally be necessary in preparation of a conventional bridge.

Implants can also be used as anchors to improve the stability and retention of loose dentures. Patients find great improvements with speech and eating, increased comfort and renewed confidence.

WHO CAN HAVE IMPLANTS?

We will carry out a thorough examination and take appropriate x-rays and scans to assess your suitability for implant treatment. It is essential to check the amount and quality of the bone in the area planned for implant treatment. Occasionally there is not enough bone or the quality of the bone is not high enough to support implant treatment. In these cases, additional treatments such as bone grafting may be required.

WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT INVOLVE?

It involves a simple operation which is usually carried out under local anaesthetic. The after effects are similar to having a tooth extracted i.e. you may feel mild discomfort due to the normal healing processes.

HOW LONG DOES THIS TREATMENT TAKE?

The implant must be allowed to bond (integrate) with the bone. This will take approximately three months depending on the individual case. During this time it is possible to make a temporary replacement for your missing teeth. Once healing and integration have occurred the permanent replacement is made and fitted.

HOW LONG WILL IMPLANTS LAST?

When cared for and maintained properly implants once placed and fused with the bone will be there for many years. The crowns, bridges or dentures may need to be adjusted or replaced after a period of time.

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you have any questions, speak to a member of our team. They will be happy to make an appointment for a consultation.

You can also visit www.adi.org.uk and www.nobelbiocare.co.uk/patients for more information on implants and crown and bridge treatment.