Dental Implants & Implant Retained Dentures
Dental implants are by far the best way to replace missing teeth. They look, feel and function just like your own teeth allowing you to eat normally and smile confidently. It’s just like having your old tooth back.
How do implants work?
An implant is a natural looking porcelain tooth supported on a small titanium screw that acts as the root. This root is then placed into the jaw creating a new tooth. Your bone heals and integrates around these implants and holds the false teeth in place in the same way that roots secure your natural teeth.
We can provide a replacement for a missing tooth anywhere in your mouth.
How are implants fitted?
Treatment begins with x-rays, allowing us to examine the formation of your jawbone and the exact position of the anatomy in the area. The Implantologist (a Consultant Oral Surgeon) can then fit the actual implant immediately but it is recommended you wait a few weeks while the bone grows around the implant to ensure it is stable.
During a second visit, a few weeks later, the dentist will inspect the implant site and, if all is well, will fit your crown by screwing a small metal rod into the implant and then bonding the crown on to that. The crown will be colour-toned to match the adjoining teeth so will look natural and match the appearance of your natural teeth.
Treatment is tailored to each patient and where possible, the Implantologist may place a single visit implant that can have the crown made upon it immediately. We use a very reputable and established brand of implants by Nobel Biocare.
What are Implant Retained Dentures?
Implant retained dentures are a way of securing loose, ill-fitting dentures that move and wobble whilst eating or drinking. Small implants are placed in the appropriate positions around your jaw and press-stud like fittings are attached to your dentures, which then clip onto the implant. Unlike crowns, which are cemented to the metal implants, these implant-retained dentures can be removed for cleaning.
Caring for your Implants
As with natural teeth, good aftercare is important if you are going to have a successful long-lasting implant. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that are a little more difficult to reach and you’ll be shown how to clean them. You may need to visit your hygienist more often but if this should be necessary our dental team will talk to you about this.