Dental implants are a common solution for patients who have lost one or more teeth. Unlike other solutions, such as unsecured dentures or bridges, dental implants are permanent and help to prevent the problem of bone loss that occurs when you lose a tooth.
Implants are replacement tooth roots. They are small titanium screws that are placed directly in the jawbone, using a minor surgical procedure. This can usually be carried out under local anaesthetic, although we also offer treatment under sedation for nervous patients.
Over time the implants integrate with the jawbone, providing a firm anchor for replacement teeth such as crowns, secured dentures or bridges. Your new teeth will look and act just like natural teeth. Just like natural teeth, they require good oral healthcare and regular dental check-ups to keep them in good condition. With proper care, your implants could last for life.
At Goldthorn Dental Surgery, we offer treatment with the tried and tested Bicon, Straumann, and Biomet 3i implant systems, and will always tailor our treatments to suit your individual needs.
Dental implants can be used to replace one, several or even all your teeth. Patients lose teeth for many reasons, from accident and injury to gum disease and decay. Whatever the cause, the result is often being embarrassed to smile in public, accompanied by difficulties in eating a healthy diet and even problems with speech. When teeth are lost the jawbone slowly starts to recede. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that prevents this, because they are osteoconductive.
The exact number of implants you need will depend on your individual case, and will be discussed at your initial implant consultation. To replace a single tooth, you will need one implant. To replace several or all your teeth, in many cases it is possible to support more than one replacement tooth with a single implant.
Even if you have been told by another dentist that implant treatment is not for you because of bone loss, we may still be able to help. Often we can rebuild the bone using bone grafts or sinus lifts, which then provide a firm base to attach your implants to.