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Dental Implants

Dental implants are now regarded as the best option for replacing missing or failing teeth. Dental implants are used to replace single or multiple teeth and can also be used to stabilise loose dentures or allow the patient to replace dentures with a more fixed option.

About dental implants

The actual implants themselves are just small titanium posts that are secured into the patient’s jawbone, replacing the missing tooth. After being secured, the bone gradually begins to bond with the titanium implant, providing a solid and secure platform to replace the missing tooth.

The process

The dental implant process involves getting a 3D scan to ensure the patient’s jawbone is suitable for the implant and to determine where the titanium post can be placed. Once identified the implant is inserted into the jawbone.

As part of the natural healing process the dental implant becomes fused to the jawbone, allowing your dentist to then secure a bridge, crown or denture as appropriate.

Is an implant right for me?

After an initial consultation your dentist will assess your suitability for a dental implants.  Although there is no upper age limit children are not suitable for dental implants due to the fact that facial bones are still growing and developing, however most adults are normally suitable.

Why choose a dental implant?

Dental implants are fast becoming the number one choice to restore missing or damaged teeth, and for good reason:

  1. A dental implant is strong and stable and as such functions, feels and looks natural.  They truly are the next best thing to a replacement natural tooth.
  2. A face without teeth can sometimes sag. Dental implants help retain the natural shape of your face and smile, maintain natural support and therefore your smile.
  3. They’re designed to last – well fitted dental implants can last a lifetime when properly cared for.
  4. Confidence! No more missing teeth, allowing you to smile with confidence again.
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Replacing a single tooth

There are many reasons why you may need, or wish to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, including trauma, disease, tooth decay or even replacing an old crown.

Replacing multiple teeth

There are two options for patients who are looking to replace several teeth.

a) Separate crowns on individual dental implants, or

b) A bridge attached to several dental implants.

Replacing all of your teeth (fixed prosthesis)

Patients who have lost all of their teeth in one or both jaws can opt for a permanently anchored dental implant bridge.

Replacing all of your teeth (removable prosthesis)

Alternatively, people who have lost all of their teeth in one or both jaws have the option of a removable prosthesis that is connected to two or more dental implants.