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.
Dental implants are now a well-accepted way of replacing missing teeth. They are placed directly into your jawbone, where they provide an artificial replacement for the root of your missing tooth or teeth. They can then support crowns or dentures, in a similar way to the way that roots support natural teeth. Dental implants are usually made of titanium and have an internal screw called an abutment that holds a false tooth (or teeth) in place. After the implant is fitted, the bone surrounding it gradually attaches to the implant, holding it firmly in place. A single dental implant can support one, or several, replacement teeth – so you don’t need to have one implant per replacement tooth. Implants can also be used to support a full or partial set of dentures. The whole process of getting dental implants can take several months and involves one or more surgical procedures. Dental implants aren’t usually available on the NHS.
Please see below our most frequently asked questions.
Why Might I Need an Implant?
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.
Can I Have More Than 1 Tooth Replaced By An Implant?
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.
Are Implants Suitable For Me?
In order to decide whether or not implants are suitable for you an initial implant consultation with our specialist Dr Ruben Garcia 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. Dr Garcia will call you back for a second appointment to explain the treatment plan and the suitability for you and appointments can then be made to start the process of an implant.