The dental profession like all areas of medicine has seen significant advances in recent years, with the biggest impact being dental implants. Although dental implants have been available for over thirty years, new technologies and innovative procedure techniques makes them easier to place in the precise position, more successful and are a higher quality than their predecessors.

If you are missing one or several teeth, it is important for your general and oral health to replace them as soon as possible to prevent various problems from occurring. By not replacing missing teeth, your adjacent teeth move into the vacant space and opposing teeth move out of alignment affecting the way your teeth fit together, known as you occlusion.

This can have a significant influence on your ability to eat efficiently and speak without impediment. It is also possible that a reduction in the density of your jawbone will develop due to a missing tooth root, this can inhibit the successful placement of an implant in the future, thereby making it a lengthy and more difficult procedure and sometimes not possible without bone grafting surgery.

Dental implants are a strong and natural looking replacement option with many versatile applications such as replacing a single tooth, utilised to secure a bridge or an entire upper or lower arch. One of their most salient advantages is they are completely independent, not replying on other teeth for support.

Prior to receiving your implant our dentists will conduct thorough oral and general health examination, a detailed set of x-rays may also be required, from which we will develop with you a comprehensive treatment plan. This examination is essential so we can determine the most suitable placement option for your implant.

Essentially a dental implant is an artificial tooth root developed from medical grade titanium. Your implant will resemble a screw with a slightly textured surface to ensure a strong bond with your jawbone is achieved. This becomes the solid foundation to support your replacement crown, bridge or denture.

Placed under a local anaesthetic with clinical precision, the procedure involves making only a minor incision in your gum-line and your implant being gently guided into its pre-determined position. The incision closed with a few stitches. Many patients report little to no discomfort and return to work and their normal routine the following day. Should you experience any discomfort after the anaesthetic has worn off, an over the counter pain relief medication can be taken.

Dependant upon your personal situation, a replacement crown or bridge may be placed at the same time you receive your implant, or temporary teeth may be placed whilst your implant bonds with your jawbone, this may take between three to six months.

After your implant has fused with your jawbone it is uncovered and an attachment referred to as an abutment is secured, it is to this your replacement teeth are permanently bonded. Dental implants function, feel and are indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

A thorough oral hygiene routine is just as important for your implant as it is for your natural teeth. Even though your implant is titanium and your replacement teeth are made from high-grade porcelain, your surrounding teeth and gum tissue is still vulnerable to gum disease. It is therefore recommended to schedule checkup appointments every six months to ensure your implant and natural teeth remain in perfect health.