A dental implant is designed to replace a missing tooth. A titanium post is carefully placed into the jaw to mimic the function of a tooth root. Once the post has fused (integrated) with your bone, a crown is fitted to the titanium post, replicating the appearance and chewing functions of your missing natural tooth.
Gaps in your teeth or missing teeth not only affect your confidence but also affect your ability to chew and enjoy your food.
Natural teeth can be missing for a variety of reasons such as tooth decay, injury or gum disease. A dental implant is designed to replace a missing tooth.
A titanium post is carefully placed into the jaw to mimic the function of a tooth root. Once the post has fused (integrated) with your bone, a crown is fitted within the titanium post, replicating the appearance and chewing functions of your missing natural tooth.
Multiple missing teeth or large gaps can now be replaced using dental bridges that are supported by several dental implants.
More than one missing tooth can lead to a large gap in your mouth resulting in difficulty eating, speaking and it can also affect the appearance of your smile.
Multiple dental implants can be placed to restore the gap. This can be as a combination of single implants and cosmetic crowns or a cosmetic bridge connecting implants together. The number of dental implants required depends on a number of factors and we will discuss this with you at the consultation.
Please contact us to book your initial consultation.
What would prevent me from having a dental implant?
The main factors that could delay, or in some cases prevent you from having implant treatment :
Lack of bone
Excessive smoking or alcohol consumption
Excessive teeth grinding
Have had radiotherapy in your jaw area
If you have any of the above or suspect you have one of the conditions and are interested in dental implants then arrange a consultation with one of our dentists as they will be able to make an assessment of your condition and create a treatment plan that meets your needs. In some instances it may be necessary to send patients for a CT scan to find out exactly the amount of bone in an area and an assessment would be made following these results.
Do I need to take time off work following implant surgery?
We recommend you rest for 48 hours after the surgery and avoid strenuous activity, alcohol and smoking. Every patient heals differently, in some cases, minimal facial swelling and bruising can be experienced but we will advise and support you throughout your treatment to minimize any such side effects.
Can I have sedation for treatment if I am a nervous?
Please speak to Dr Chris Bedford to discuss options.
What happens on the Day of Treatment?
We will discuss the treatment and run through the procedure with you. You will be able to go home the same day as the surgery and we will give you information on how to take care of your implant and bridge at home. We will also give you information on how to contact your clinician in case you need some further advice once you have gone.
Will I be able to eat better?
100% of our dental implant patients say their enjoyment of food returns once they have completed the treatment.
What are the payment options?
Payment is due on completion of the dental implant treatment. You will receive a treatment plan detailing costs and we will go through this with you and discuss any queries you may have.
What is Keyhole tooth implant?
Keyhole tooth implants are a minimalist approach placing the implant into the jawbone. Your clinician will fully explain the process at your initial consultation.
What are the advantages of “keyhole tooth implant”?
Since it is a minimalist dental implant surgery technique, there will be less trauma to gum tissues meaning that there will be less post-operative swelling and discomfort.