Missing teeth can often affect a person’s willingness to smile confidently, and also the ability to eat and chew comfortably. Nowadays, the ideal option to replace a missing tooth is by way of a dental implant.
Q.What is an implant?
A. A dental implant is an artificial tooth (crown) that is mounted on top of a titanium ‘root’. The implant is placed in the jawbone. Titanium is the perfect material for implants, as it has been proven to work well with the body. The titanium root acts as a substitute for the natural root and is situated beneath the gum. The root provides a stable support for the crown which is fitted on top. You can choose a crown that is tailored to your preferences.
Q.Why might I need an implant?
A. In many cases an implant is a long-term solution when replacing a missing tooth (or teeth), and is therefore worth considering. Implants feel like natural teeth, and they allow you to eat, drink, talk, and smile as normal.
Implants do not cause damage to the teeth on either side and are a great alternative for patients who do not get on well with dentures. To discuss implants in more detail please make an appointment for a chat with your dentist – together you can explore your options.
Q.Can I have more than one tooth replaced by an implant?
A. Yes. Multiple implants can be placed to restore larger spaces. Implant-retained bridges and dentures are also an option when catering for more than one missing tooth.
Q.Are implants suitable for me?
A. In order to decide whether or not implants are suitable for you an initial implant consultation with our specialist is required. During the consultation you will be given a full clinical examination and implant assessment. You will then be given a complete treatment plan suited to you. In order for a dental implant to be placed, and also to be successful in the long term, the oral hygiene has to very good, and regular visits to the hygienist are recommended as part of the treatment plan.