A dental implant is a small 'anchor' made of titanium that is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root.
After the surrounding bone has healed to the implant, a replacement tooth is secured to the top of the implant.
This new tooth looks, feels and performs similar to your natural teeth.
What are the benefits to choosing dental implants?
Choosing dental implants as a treatment option can offer you a number of significant advantages.
Maintain Anatomy: If you have missing teeth, the bone begins to shrink over time. Unhealthy bone loss can make your jaw line recede and change your facial structure. Dental implants can help prevent deterioration of the jawbone so your face retains its natural shape.
Keep your healthy teeth: A better long-term alternative to bridgework, dental implants eliminate the need to grind down healthy teeth when replacing one or more adjacent teeth. Your own natural healthy teeth are not compromised.
Security: Securely anchored dental implants do not slip or move. This eliminates some of the key problems of dentures, including poor fit, gum irritation and pain from exposed nerves. The result is superior comfort, reliability, and freedom from embarrassment.
What is involved in the implant procedure?
The dental implant process involves several steps that take place over a time period that averages from 4 to 9 months. The typical process will include:
Pre-treatment consultation: After a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history, we will determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you are, you will be invited back to the practice to then have a thorough consultation before your treatment begins.
Initial implant placement: The oral surgeon will place the dental implant into your jaw while you are under either local anaesthesia or anaesthesia with sedation.
Over the next several months, the bone will heal to the surface of the implant, anchoring it into position. Depending on your particular case, an additional minor procedure creates an opening through which your artificial tooth will emerge.
Implant prosthetic attachment: During this phase, your practitioner painlessly attaches a prosthetic "post" to the implant.
An impression will be taken, and soon after, an artificial replacement tooth will be created for a natural restoration.
Proper maintenance: We will guide you on the proper care and maintenance of your new implants before, during and after the procedure.
By following a regular routine of careful oral hygiene and regular check ups, your implants will look, function and feel great for many years to come.
If you are missing a single tooth and currently use a removable, partial denture or tooth-supported crown, an implant-supported crown may be a better alternative.
Single tooth replacements look and feel so natural, typically only you will know the difference.
• Looks, feels and performs similar to your natural tooth
• Does not compromise your adjacent teeth
• Preserves surrounding bone (replaces tooth root)
• Prevents bone collapse and jaw line recession
• Oral care same as a natural tooth
• Restores a secure natural biting strength
• Restores self-confidence and appearance
If you are missing multiple teeth, then an implant-supported bridge may be the solution for you.
Unlike traditional bridgework or removable partial dentures that can slip, come loose, and cause irritation, an implant-supported bridge stays secure and strong, and will not compromise your adjacent teeth.
So comfortable and natural, they will look and feel just like your own teeth.
Dental implants from the team at Loughton Dental Spa. Call on
• Look, feel and perform like your natural teeth
• Not compromise adjacent teeth
• Preserve surrounding bone
• Attach securely to implants
• Prevent bone collapse and jaw line recession
• Restore natural biting strength
• Improve appearance and self-esteem
We use Ankylos and Biohorizon systems.
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Both systems have been extensively used throughout the world for over 25 years using leading, cutting-edge technology and materials. This has ensured products that meet the highest standards of implant technology.
How do I proceed from here?
If you wish to consider a dental implant, please speak to our receptionist to arrange a consultation with our resident implant practitioner, Dr. Kuljeet Dhanjal.
For your convenience we are now pleased to be able to offer consultations between 5pm and 7pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and on Saturday mornings.