Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental implants are specially designed screws which are implanted into the jaw and act like natural tooth roots. They are a permanent replacement for missing or damaged teeth and with routine care, dental implants have a high level of success.

We can replace one or more teeth at the same time that they are removed by inserting an implant, made from titanium, into the empty extraction socket. The advantages of this technique for you are that:

  • Your jaw bone and gum tissue are preserved, minimising the effect that loss of a tooth has on the appearance of your smile and facial profile

  • You’ll need fewer visits for treatment because the tooth is removed and the implant placed on the same visit.

  • The waiting time for your new implant tooth is reduced


Immediate placement is only possible if you are suitable, this decision will be made by the clinician at your initial consultation.

Before your new tooth can be attached to the implant it is necessary to leave it undisturbed for several months while the bone attaches to its surface. During this period a small temporary denture or bridge may be worn to fill the gap.

Dental Implant Benefits

Replacing missing teeth has several advantages:

  • You feel great because you can talk, smile, eat and laugh again with confidence

  • Improved facial appearance – the loss of back teeth can cause your mouth to sink and face to look prematurely older

  • The correct functioning of your mouth – with missing teeth, your speech may be affected since the front teeth help to form certain sounds

  • Prevention of bone loss from the jaws – after teeth are removed, the jawbone that was associated with the roots of the missing tooth dissolves away. The insertion of dental implants restores the natural functions of the mouth

How Many Implants Are Needed

If one tooth is to be extracted then it can be replaced by a single implant. If a number of teeth are to be lost, more implants will be required. It is not always necessary to match the exact number of teeth being extracted, for example, it may be possible to fit three teeth on two implants. Eight implants are often all that are required to replace a full arch of teeth.

Tired of Loose, Ill Fitting Dentures?

We can offer patients a great, more permanent solution to traditional dentures. Implant retained dentures are becoming increasingly popular due to the ease of wearing them and other benefits such as: 

  • No need for denture adhesives
  • Minimises wrinkles around the mouth by restoring lost lip-support
  • Improves your ability to chew all types of food

What Next?

We’d need to see you at the practice for a consultation, please contact us today to arrange an appointment where we can assess your suitability for dental implants. We will be able to outline the options available to you and create your bespoke treatment plan.

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