Dental ImplantsPut simply, dental implants are tiny titanium screws (normally less than 1cm long) that are gently inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. The amazing thing is that bone will grow directly onto the titanium surface and this super strong connection allows us to use implants predictably to support a replacement tooth crown, multiple crowns and even all your missing teeth.
Dental Implant FAQ's
If you are fit and healthy, don’t smoke and correctly maintain your implant it could last a lifetime. The success rates for dental implants are exceptionally high (over 98% over the first 10 years) but we do recommend that you see us and your hygienist regularly to make sure it is being looked after the right way.
The prosthesis (the ‘tooth bit’ of the implant) may eventually wear and need replacement but this is usually after a number of years and is much cheaper than the initial implant treatment.
The exact treatment that you will require does vary depending on your clinical circumstance. However, the usual timeline is something like the following:
Phase 1: This is where we get to know you and your specific needs. We carefully analyse your specific clinical circumstances and work out the best way to proceed. Usually x-rays, models and photographs and taken to help us provide an accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment plan.
Phase 2: This is the ‘surgical phase’ and involves the placement of the implant, the removal of stitches a few days later. The implant is then allowed to heal and the surrounding bone fuses to it, a process that normally takes 3 months. We sometimes ‘bury’ the implant under the gum to protect it during the healing phase. If this is case a second very minor surgical procedure is required to allow us to access the implant.
Phase 3: This part of the treatment is a bit like having a conventional crown made. We take impressions of your mouth that are sent to a laboratory for the construction of your tooth or teeth.
Phase 4: This is where we review your new tooth or teeth and make sure everything is going well.
If you have a tooth that needs to be removed, an implant can be placed straight after the tooth is extracted. And, if you are worried that you will be left with a space, often we are able to fit a temporary crown onto the implant on the same day. This means you will walk out the practice with a new tooth in position.
You will of course be provided with much more information regarding your options at your consultation visit.
Meet your implant Dentists
Our team of highly experienced implant surgeons have placed over 2000 dental implants between them.
They have all undertaken rigorous post-graduate training programmes to ensure that they have the skill set to provided high quality and advanced dental implant treatments.
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Dental Implant Options
If you have any further questions, please give our team at the practice a call and we will be more than happy to answer them for you.
Alternatively, why not book a complimentary consultation with Dr Passan to discuss your options further.
Want to find out more about this treatment option? Call us today on 01908 584461 to book your consultation.