Dental Implants

implants: the permanent solution
to missing teeth

If you have lost a tooth through decay, accident or injury, a dental implant could be the answer. Implants look, feel and work like the real thing and can be used to permanently replace a missing tooth, multiple teeth – or even an entire set.

An artificial root made from ultra-pure titanium takes the place of the original root and over time, this will bond with the jawbone. Once the new root has fully healed, which usually takes between three to six months, a replacement tooth is created to match your natural teeth and is fitted into place.

Frequently asked questions

Does it hurt?

Implants are placed very gently and the procedure is usually carried out under local anaesthetic, sometimes with sedation if patients are very nervous. Some patients can feel a little sore for a day or so after this small operation while the healing process starts.

How long does it take?

Appointments are spread over several months and during this time gaps in the teeth are hidden with temporary dentures or bridges. Once the implant has been placed it is allowed to heal undisturbed before the crown, bridge or denture is attached. The timing of the healing process depends on the individual and can take from just a few weeks to up to nine months for more complex cases.

Is it expensive?

When compared to dentures and bridges the treatment can appear quite costly but when you consider the long-term health of your mouth and your comfort, it is a very cost-effective option, which can last for life. Following a thorough consultation we will provide a detailed report and exact costs.

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I am writing to thank you for the care and attention you gave me during my recent treatment to whiten my teeth and replace several crowns. It took me quite a while to make my decision to have the treatment, but I am so glad I did. I am extremely pleased with the result and can now smile with a new confidence. Thanks also to everyone at the surgery for their support and patience.