Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing single or multiple missing teeth. Implants look and function just like natural teeth and last for many years.
A titanium screw replaces the root of the tooth and is securely fused to the jaw bone. The porcelain tooth, which is designed and crafted to match the rest of your smile is then placed on top. In cases where more than two adjacent teeth are missing, implant bridges can also be fitted.
The benefits of dental implants are numerous. Restoring your smile by replacing missing teeth helps to improve confidence, appearance and comfort. Not only will you feel better, you’ll also eat better with dental implants. From a dental perspective, implants are a great tooth replacement solution as no damage is done to surrounding teeth. This means natural teeth are protected.
Prior to treatment, you’ll be invited to a consultation with a member of our expert team who will talk you through the treatment. We’ll take a 3D scan of your mouth and you’ll be given a report. In the following appointment, your dentist will talk through your report and treatment plan. This is the perfect time to ask any questions you may have, before signing the consent forms.
BEFORE & AFTER
At Woodcote Dental, we offer four types of dental implants:
Implant-retained dentures – when all teeth are missing. This involves fusing 2-4 implants to the jawbone, and placing tight fitting dentures on top. This is a great alternative to loose fitting dentures and is a more cost effective option.
Immediate placement – for fast results. Implants are placed on the same visit as the tooth being removed. There is more risk with this method and bone grafts may required.
Sinus lift & graft – upper teeth that have extended up into the maxillary sinuses, are removed and replaced with dental implants in this bone. It becomes difficult to place the implant when the sinus wall is thin and so the sinus needs to be lifted. Grafts are also needed in this situation to replace missing bone and adjust bone heights.
All-on-4 – 4-6 implants replace all missing teeth. Walk away with a fixed full-arch prosthesis in a day. Comfortable and natural looking. This can also be used for an improved smile makeover.
Implants are a safe, well-established treatment. It is probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them. How well you look after your implants and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments will have the biggest impact on how long they will last. If you do not look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to plaque on teeth. If left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. If your implants are in strong and healthy bone and looked after well, you can expect them to last for many years.
Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.
It depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. The dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to assess the amount of bone. If there is not enough bone, or if it is not healthy, it may not be possible to place implants. Bone grafting into the area may be needed before implants are placed.
Placing an implant is often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done using a simple local anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time but like an extraction, you may feel some discomfort for a few days after the surgery.
The dental team will be able to give you a rough timetable before the treatment starts.
Some false teeth can now even be fitted at the same time as the implants and these are called ‘immediate implants’. Check with the dental team to see whether these are suitable for you. Usually the false teeth are fitted 3 to 6 months after the implants are put in. Sometimes treatment may take longer and the dental team will be able to talk to you about this at your consultation.
The dental team will give you instructions on how to look after your implant. They may give you some painkillers after the surgery or make sure you have some at home to take over a few days if you need them.
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