Dental implants are used to fill the gap left by a missing tooth. They can take the strain off the teeth that are either side of the space left by the missing tooth.
A space between your teeth can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.
The placing of implants involves a simple procedure that can be done at the practice. It replaces missing teeth using a titanium screw to replace the root of the tooth and a false tooth is attached to the screw. The after effects are not dissimilar to the mild discomfort of having a tooth extracted – there might be some mild discomfort due to the healing process.
Healing and Recovery After a Dental Implant
It can take between 3-6 months for the implant to bond with the jaw bone, depending on each individual case. During this time, we can make a temporary replacement for your missing tooth once the healing process has finished and the implant has bonded. We will then make and fit the permanent replacement tooth, which can be a Crown, Bridge or Denture.
Implant dentistry is a tried and tested treatment and around 98% of implants will last between 15 – 20 years. You should treat your implants as you treat your own teeth in cleaning and flossing thoroughly and it is also very important to see the hygienist for regular maintenance.
If this is not carried out, you may experience some problems similar to gum disease with infection around the implant, which can result in loosening of the implant and possible failure. Our dentists Scott and Paul have undertaken extensive training in the UK and in Switzerland.
If you would like to know more about the implants we use at the practice, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation. You will be fully assessed for your suitability and we will explain the full treatment options available to you, including the complete stages of treatment and the estimated costs.
You can either call into the practice or give us a call on 01326 574006 to learn more, as well as visiting the dental implants page of our site.