Dental implants are an excellent method of replacing missing teeth lost or extracted because of severe decay, infection, accidental injury, or any other reason.
Missing teeth can have a significant negative impact on an individual’s self-image and confidence to smile or laugh in front of others. A missing tooth can also lead to a speech impediment, difficulty chewing food, and even an improper bite.
A dental implant comprises two distinct parts. A titanium/Zirkonium screw placed into the jawbone mimics the function of a natural tooth root. On top of this screw sits a dental crown, bespoke-made to match the colour and shape of the patient’s natural teeth.
Aside from improving both the aesthetic look of your smile and your chewing ability, a dental implant can also benefit the health of your jaw.
When we lose a tooth, the surrounding bone tissue begins to break down and recede, which can impact your remaining natural teeth. They may become loose or move into the gap, negatively affecting your bite. Bone recession can also impact your suitability for a dental implant if you decide to replace the tooth in the future.
The presence of a dental implant stimulates the jawbone, encouraging the growth of new bone cells and preventing or reversing the effects of bone recession.
To start the process, you will attend an initial consultation with your dentist. They will use our Digital Smile Design technology to show you how your implant will look when it is in position and take a 3D intraoral scan of your teeth, gums, and jaw using our advanced medical imaging technology.
Following your assessment, your dentist will numb the area using our CompuDent anaesthetic delivery technology. This system allows for more precise use of anaesthesia and little-to-no discomfort for the patient.
Your dentist will then use guided surgery techniques to place your dental implant. This modern method allows for the safe, rapid, and accurate placement of implants. It avoids irritating the surrounding tissues and expedites post-operative healing.
During the healing process, your implant will fuse with the surrounding bone in your jaw, securing it firmly in place.
This process typically takes three to six months using traditional surgical methods. However, our advanced techniques promote fast healing, shortening wait times in many cases. We may also be able to fit a temporary crown in the interim.
We can construct ceramic dental crowns on-site using computerised milling technology and the information from your 3D scans.
Once your implant has healed sufficiently, your dentist will attach a beautiful dental crown and check it for a proper fit and colour match. The process is complete, and you will have a natural-looking, fully functional replacement tooth.
We always make sure the area that is going to be operated on is properly numbed using our computer-aided dental injection technology ensures you receive anaesthesia exactly where you need it to maintain your comfort throughout the procedure.
If you do feel any slight tenderness, you can take over-the-counter painkillers as required.
When we first fit your dental implant, we may recommend you stick to a soft-food diet for a short period and avoid chewing directly on the implant itself. We will provide you with post-operative care advice specific to your case.
Most patients can undergo a dental implant procedure. However, a dentist may deem a patient unsuitable for the treatment if their 3D intraoral scans indicate they have insufficient bone density in their jaw.
In this case, we may recommend a surgical bone graft to facilitate the placement of a dental implant in the future.
If you would like to find out more about dental implants, contact us to book a consultation.
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