If you’re living with a missing tooth (or teeth) and are looking for a more permanent replacement than a denture or a bridge, a dental implant could be what you’re looking for. A dental implant is a safe, secure, long-lasting solution to support one or a full row of missing teeth. Following treatment, dental implants look and function just like natural teeth.
Our initial consultation includes a Cone Beam CT scan. We are one of the only practices in the area to have a CBCT machine for implant planning. The Straumann implant is then placed under local anaesthetic, but we also offer sedation for patients who feel anxious.
Generally, we wait for around 3 months before fixing the final crown onto the implant. This allows time for the bone to form a strong and secure bond to the implant. But don’t worry, during the healing phase, we can use a range of temporary options to cover the gap.
Once the bone has bonded we take a digital scan of your teeth and fabricate the final crown which will blend in perfectly with the surrounding teeth.
How successful are dental implants?
Implants are the most successful treatment for missing teeth. Implant technology is backed by more than three decades of clinical experience with over a million people treated worldwide. Our long-term success rate is 98% and this figure is continuing to rise as more implants are placed.
Are implants suitable for me?
Most people are suitable for dental implants and the number is increasing as implant technology progresses. For some patients we need to carry out preparation work to build the jawbone before placing the implant. We always begin by carrying out an assessment of your mouth and talk through the available options.
How do I look after my dental implants?
You should look after your implant retained teeth much the same way as your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing is vitally important. We will talk you through the care process. You will also need to visit your dentist and hygienist regularly for maintenance.
Can I replace dentures with implants?
Yes, you can. Many of our patients have moved from dentures to implants and they say it has improved their quality of life, appearance and confidence.
Is the procedure painful?
The procedure to fit the implant is carried out under local anaesthetic so it shouldn’t be painful. There may be some swelling and discomfort during the healing process but this is short-term and many patients are surprised at the speed of the healing process.FIND OUT MORE >