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Dental implants

If you have a missing tooth, or a number of missing teeth, you may be considering your options in terms of tooth replacement. Implants are a relatively new treatment option for patients with missing teeth and they offer a raft of benefits for those looking to enjoy a functional, beautiful smile.

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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium rods, which are placed inside sockets in the jaw bone. The aim of treatment is to replace the missing root and restore stability and strength to the smile. Implants are very versatile, as they are compatible with a range of restorations, including:

  • Dental bridges
  • Crowns
  • Dentures

As implants can be connected to different types of restoration, they can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or full arches of teeth.

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The benefits of dental implants

Dental implants are widely regarded as the optimum tooth replacement treatment. Implants are designed to last several years and in many cases, a lifetime, and they offer functional benefits that cannot be rivalled by dentures and bridges. When you have implants, you’ll feel like you have a healthy, strong set of natural teeth again.

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The main advantages of implants include:

Confidence Everybody feels confident when they have an amazing smile. If you’ve struggled with the look of your smile, implants could literally change your life.
Functionality With implants, you can enjoy the same level of functionality as with a set of pristine, natural teeth. Your speech will improve and you can eat whatever you like.
Reduced risk of bone loss Implants help to reduce bone loss, protecting the jaw and the tissue surrounding the teeth and gums.
Longevity Implants are built to last to last several years and in many cases, a lifetime.
Versatility Implants are suitable for patients with any number of missing teeth.
Aesthetics Implants are renowned for creating stunning, natural-looking smiles.

What does implant treatment involve?

Implant treatment usually involves two key phases. Before you start treatment, your treatment will be planned meticulously by our highly-trained dentists. Your dentist will use precision techniques to pinpoint the best sites for your implants, and they will also explain what you can expect in the weeks and months ahead. If you have any questions, our dentists are here to help, so don’t hesitate to ask away. It’s natural to have queries, and getting answers and gathering information can help you to make decisions and ensure that you’re completely happy before you agree to go ahead with treatment.

The first stage of treatment involves placing the implants. This is usually done under local anaesthetic. The dentist will make a tiny incision in the gum and then create a small opening in the jaw bone, and the implant will be secured. The gum flap will then be closed, and the implants will be left to heal. The process of osseointegration, when the implant integrates into the bone tissue, takes several months. Once it is complete, the implant will be attached to a crown, bridge or denture, and you can start enjoying your incredible new smile.

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FAQs

The cost of treatment will vary according to how many implants are required and the type of restoration used. For up to date prices, please contact us.

Implants are suitable for most patients, but there are some exceptions. If you’re a heavy smoker or you have gum disease, you may be advised against implants. Bone grafting may be required if there is a lack of dense bone tissue in the jaw.

Yes, many patients who have missing teeth can also benefit from dentures and dental bridges.

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