Implant dentistry can be truly life changing. At Dental Sense we witness this first hand, with many of our patients telling us it’s the best thing they have ever done.
Dental implants have helped thousands of people to eat, smile and speak with renewed self-confidence. Patients who practice good oral home care with regular dental check-ups can enjoy implants that last a lifetime.
If you have a gap where a tooth is missing you may wish to speak to us about the possibility of implants. We can help you decide if a dental implant is right for you.
What is a dental implant?
An implant is a titanium screw that is placed in the jawbone, where it integrates with the bone, and serves as a base for your replacement tooth.
Dental implants feel and behave just like natural teeth.
Are implants safe and how long will they last?
Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. Most modern implants can be expected to last for many years with the right care.
There are many benefits of having implants:
Fixed permanent solution to lost teeth
Improved physical appearance and function
Can be cleaned in the same way as your own teeth
Does not compromise adjacent teeth
Elimination of all common bridge and denture related problems
"Best dentist in town...and I should know from having 5 implants!"
Mr SN 2015, Google Review
Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
This depends on the state of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange a number of special tests to find out the amount of bone. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants, or a bone graft may be needed.
Implants can also be used to replace multiple missing teeth and are a particularly attractive option for dealing with large gaps. It’s not necessary to have one implant per tooth. Multiple missing teeth can be replaced with fewer well-positioned implants.
What does the procedure involve?
Your dentist will be able to give you a rough timetable before the treatment starts.
There are two ways implants can be placed:
Immediate - implant placement straight after tooth extraction (see Teeth in a Day)
Delayed - the extraction site is allowed to heal for 4-6 months and a second procedure is carried out to place the implant
Stages in implant treatment
Stage 1 - Models and fabrication of diagnostic stent and a temporary restoration.
Stage 2 - Extraction of tooth, allowing the area to heal. If the bone is deficient we may need to graft bone at this stage.
If the implant is being placed immediately, it will be placed at the same time.
Stage 3 - Once the implant has integrated, typically 3-6 months, a crown is fabricated by one of our technicians and either cemented or screwed to the implant. The restoration in most cases will appear indistinguishable from the adjacent natural teeth so you can feel confident knowing that you have your natural smile back.
Temporary restoration - Between stage 2 and 3, for teeth which are visible, a temporary restoration is fitted. This may be in the form of a denture, temporary crown or a sticky bridge.
Do implants hurt?
The procedure to place a single implant can be straightforward, with little to no downtime for our patients, however each case is different therefore we always advise a full consultation.
Placing the implants needs a small operation, classified as minor oral surgery. This can be done using a simple local anaesthetic, and sometimes with sedation if you are very nervous. You will not feel any pain at the time, but you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery. This is usually due to having stitches, and the normal healing process.
Is the treatment expensive?
Your dentist will be able to provide you with a written estimate of cost, which may include other procedures for the implants. They will also provide other options that are available.