Dental implants are an attractive, safe and permanent solution for patients who have suffered tooth loss, whether that’s a single tooth or a full arch. An implant is a ceramic tooth which is attached via an artificial root to mimic the strength and stability of a natural tooth. With dental implants no-one needs to be self-conscious about their appearance. They look and feel entirely natural and this leads to a more confident smile and improved quality of speech.
How does it work?
Treatment usually involves a number of stages beginning with an initial planning phase where an assessment is carried out by one of our experienced clinicians. This is followed by a preparation phase where a small titanium screw is inserted into the jawbone. Over time the screw will fuse with the jawbone to form a strong ‘root’ for the new tooth. Next, a post is added to extend the root. During the final phase a crown is attached to the post to fully restore the appearance and function of the missing tooth. When one or two teeth are missing, a single implant is used per tooth, however if we are replacing a row of three or more teeth, it is often possible to reduce the number of implants by attaching ‘bridges’ to connect the replacement teeth.
Once in place the implant will perfectly match the appearance of the surrounding natural teeth and no-one will be able to tell the implant apart. In most cases, there is no reason why the implant can’t last a lifetime if it is looked after properly.
When would we recommend an implant?
The closest alternative to a natural tooth, we recommend implants for those who wish to replace any missing teeth with an alternative that looks, feels and functions in much the same way as their original teeth.
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