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22 June 2015

Arguably the best option to replace missing teeth.

Here at our Confidental Surbiton dentist we get lots of enquiries about dental implants, which are posts implanted into your jaw in order to hold replacement teeth in place. They are attached directly to your jawbone and completely replace the root of the natural tooth which is what would normally keep your teeth firmly in place.

It is important to note that although we can offer you general information on this blog and on the website, your particular treatment will be individual to you depending on your needs. Only by having an assessment by one of our Surbiton dentists will you be able to understand exactly what this particular type of cosmetic dentistry treatment means for you.

What Is A Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a device implanted into the jawbone in order to support replacement teeth. It is metal (usually titanium) and has a screw at the top that holds a replacement tooth in place.

After you have had a dental implant placed, your natural jawbone will fuse with it – this usually takes from three to six months after which replacement teeth are attached. If you have several replacement teeth, you may not need a dental implant for each one as some treatments e.g. ‘all on 4’ can serve more than one tooth and in this case, a full replacement arch.

Can I Have A Dental Implant?

It is extremely individual as to whether or not a person is suitable for dental implants. It involves more than one surgical procedure and it is important the patient has good oral health (in particular the jawbone and gums) in order to support the implants. Various health issues, previous treatments, medication or habits may affect your suitability for dental implants and these can include; smoking, radiotherapy and certain bone disease medicines. However, implants are suitable for most people.

How Do You Prepare For Dental Implants?

If you are suitable for dental implants, you will have some X-rays done in order to assess your jawbone and nerves and, on occasion, a CT scan is needed in order to get a more detailed look at the mouth structure.

Are There Alternatives To Dental Implants?

There are alternatives to dental implants including; dentures (removable) and bridges which are false teeth attached to your natural teeth. Your dentist will discuss all the alternatives to dental implants with you so that you have all the relevant information you need to make an educated and informed decision about your treatment.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last For?

If you maintain good oral health, your dental implants should last for many years.

Are Dental Implants Put In Under General Anaesthetic?

The majority of people have their dental implants placed under local anaesthetic making the entire procedure pain free. On occasion a person may need to go under general anaesthetic in hospital in order to have the procedure done, but this is very rare.

If your Confidental Surbiton implant dentist feels you are suitable for implants, they will discuss what you should expect in detail. This includes preparation, what will happen during your procedure, what will happen after and what sort of pain and recovery to expect. During the consultation stage you can ask any questions you wish about this cosmetic dentistry procedure. We take pride in being as informative as possible so our patients have complete control over their dental health choices. For more information, please call us on 020 8399 1291.

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