Why have Dental Implants?
- They can be used to replace teeth and support bridgework, without the need to cut down healthy tooth structure, as cutting down teeth can sometimes lead to complications.
- They are preferable to partial dentures as they are more stable, and can be used to anchor full dentures in place.
- Implants also help reduce loss of jawbone, as the jaw is still ‘in use’ so the bone does not resorb (dissolve) away so quickly.
What are Implants?
Implants are made of surgical grade titanium, a metal that is well tolerated by the body.
Over time, the jawbone becomes firmly united with the implant. This is called osseointegration.
A small attachment at the top of the implant emerges through the gum, the abutment. Crowns, bridges or dentures can then be attached to the implant via this abutment.
Why choose us for Implants?
Our main dentist Carina Sharp will place implants and restore missing bone. She is a kind and affable dentist and can talk you clearly through the process.
Carina has a great deal of experience placing Implants.
She is ably assisted by Hayley, her compassionate, bubbly assistant. Hayley has also a great deal of experience in various dental sectors, and can give you a second perspective.
We always aim to provide an array of patient choices, so you can choose regarding you own needs and budget.
If Implants are not ideal for you, for whatever reason, we can help you decide on a suitable alternative.
We use one of the best clinically trialed and tested implant systems.
We choose the best implant ‘hardware’ and the best laboratories to ensure that your implant(s), bridgework or overdenture (a denture that fits over the implants) is both functional and aesthetic.
On average the healing time for modern implants is much reduced – which means you can have your permanent tooth much sooner. Occasionally even immediately, dependent on the bone.
Normally a temporary restoration is put in place whilst ‘Osteo-integration occurs’, for about 6 weeks.