The Next Best Thing to Natural Teeth
The term dental implant refers to the cylindrical or tapered screw which, when placed in the jaw, firmly bonds with the surrounding bone, functioning in the same way to the roots of your own teeth.
Modern implants, which are made from commercially pure, hypoallergenic titanium, are extremely durable and unlikely to break or fracture.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Because dental implants don’t rely on other teeth for support, they do not require cutting, and therefore compromising the health of, adjacent natural teeth. And, when several teeth are missing, it may be impossible to place a fixed dental bridge, so two or more implants to support crowns can be used instead.
Dental implant supported crowns look, feel and function just like your own teeth. In fact, many patients treated with dental implants experience a significant improvement in their ability to chew food thus aiding digestion.
Further, because dental implants reduce the loss of jaw bone and gum shrinkage experienced when teeth are lost, they contribute to preserving your facial features. So, with a dental implant or implants, not only will your smile look better, you’ll have more reasons to smile too.
ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU?
Dental implants are particularly popular with patients who do not wish to wear removable dentures. Most patients with missing teeth can be considered for dental implants although patients with inadequate jaw bone, serious health problems, heavy drinking or smoking habits will be carefully assessed prior to being accepted for implant therapy.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
From a single tooth to a complete set of natural looking and feeling teeth, we undertake most implants under local anaesthetic though more nervous patients can opt for sedation. In some situations it is possible to place a crown over the implant at the time the implant is placed, otherwise, crowns are generally fitted within three months.
It is essential to look after your implants as well as the rest of the teeth by maintaining good oral hygiene; brushing after meals and using dental floss or special brushes for cleaning the small gaps between the teeth and implants. Regular visits to the dentist and the dental hygienist are also recommended.
See our Smile Case Study – Implants
Contact The Smile & Implant Centre
If you wish to be considered for dental implant treatment, or have any further queries, please contact us
via our contact form or on 0116 254 1298. Our dentist, Daniel Shah, has many years' experience in providing dental implant treatments and will be able to answer any questions you may have.