Missing teeth, why should I replace them?
- Restore the ability to properly speak and chew;
- Allocate the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth;
- Maintain the shape of your face;
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Prevent bone loss, gum disease or decay caused by the presence of food debris in the gap and relieve pressure on the teeth either side of the gap.
Dental Implant Services
Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. 90% of modern implants last for at least 15 years or more.
A dental implant is a titanium metal rod which is placed into the jawbone, it is used to support one or more false teeth. In practice, both the false teeth and their supporting rod are known as ‘implants’.
You can have any number of teeth replaced with with our dental implant service – from one single tooth to a complete set.
Your dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to assess the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.
Placing the implants requires a small operation that is carried out under local anaesthetic; the same as given for a filling or tooth extraction. You won’t feel any pain at the time but you may feel slight discomfort during the week following the surgery, this is usually due to having stitches in place and the normal healing process.
The implants need to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been placed. This takes at least 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw. If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you will have a temporary restoration in the meantime.
If you have complete dentures, then you can wear them throughout the healing period once they have been adjusted after the surgery.
It takes about 12 months from the initial assessment to the time when the artificial teeth or dentures are finally attached to the implants. However, if only the lower jaw is involved then it may only take around 5 months, a lot depends on how complicated your treatment is. Your dentist will be able to give you a timetable for dental implant services once the surgery has been done.
Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that give you problems and you’ll be shown methods to help. We will also ask you to attend the Hygienist regularly to maintain the health of the implant and surrounding teeth.
To find out more about the dental implant services that we provide, feel free to contact us today.