Dental implants are a safe, attractive and permanent replacement when natural teeth fail. They can be used to replace a single tooth or a full arch. Implants will restore strength to the teeth and enable you to eat normally again. They look and feel just like natural teeth so no-one will ever know your teeth are anything but natural, and with the right care they can last you a lifetime.
Why choose dental implants?
Losing natural teeth can affect your speech and limit your food choices. For many patients it impacts on their self-esteem and confidence in social situations. Implants can help overcome all of these problems. As well as being safe and durable, they are suitable for most people.
Using implants to fill a gap means that we don’t have to involve other teeth, as we would with a bridge. They are the next best thing to natural teeth. At Contemporary Dental we often refer to implants as the third set of teeth.
How do dental implants work?
The implant is a titanium screw that acts as a ‘root’ in the jawbone to mimic the strength and stability of a natural tooth. A dental crown is then fixed to the titanium screw to restore the appearance and function of the original tooth.
The process takes several months starting with an initial consultation where the mouth is examined, impressions and x-rays taken to establish overall oral health and bone density. Next, under local anaesthetic, the implant is inserted into the jaw. It can take several months for the healthy bone to fuse to the implant and create a strong root. During this phase most people choose to wear a temporary denture.
During the final phase of treatment further impressions are taken and from these the replacement teeth are created and attached to the implant. In cases where several teeth are being replaced we can insert several implants into the jaw, these are used to anchor multiple replacement teeth or even a full set of teeth.
At every stage, treatment is carried out by a highly experienced practitioner so with Contemporary Dental you can be sure you are in safe hands.