Why choose dental implants
Teeth allow us to do some of the most enjoyable things in life: enjoying meals with loved ones, having long conversations with friends or smiling in photos to create memories that will last forever. But sometimes, missing teeth or loose dentures can prevent us from making the most of these moments.
What we’re describing is common - but thankfully, it’s something that we help patients to overcome every day. We offer a permanent, natural-looking solution that will transform the way you live your life. Those foods you used to eat whenever you could? They’ll return to your diet again, and you’ll enjoy them without any pain. The urge to cover your mouth when laughing with friends or smiling in photos? It will become a thing of the past. Instead, you’ll discover new-found confidence, happiness, and a sense of self.
How it works
Dental implants integrate into your jawbone, making them a permanent solution to replace missing or loose teeth. Not only does the tooth blend in perfectly with your other natural teeth, but the artificial titanium ‘root’ anchors it to your jaw, just like a natural tooth root. It looks and functions exactly like your natural teeth, so no one needs to know you’ve had treatment.
Our implant surgeon, Professor Favero, has years of experience transforming patients’ smiles - so whether you’re looking to replace a single tooth or an entire mouth of teeth, he can help. Why not book a consultation to see what we could do for you?
You might be dreading this part, but trust us! It’s relatively painless, mainly due to the local anaesthetic we administer before the procedure. If you’re particularly nervous about the treatment, we can offer IV sedation; this means you will be conscious during the procedure but in a state of deep relaxation.
In most cases, we will temporarily replace your missing tooth with a crown until we fit your permanent replacement tooth. Discomfort in the days following the procedure is normal, and we recommend painkillers such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen to manage this.
Creating and fitting your replacement crown
Now, this is the most exciting part for you. Around three to four months after your placement, the titanium implant will have fused with your jaw in a process called ‘osseointegration’. It’s there to stay! We will take an impression and send it to our chosen dental lab. They will tailor-make a crown that matches your natural teeth perfectly.
Around two weeks later, after the lab has created your crown and returned it to us, we will see you at the practice to screw it into your dental implant. And voilà! A replacement tooth that looks and functions just like your natural teeth.
Caring for your replacement tooth
Dental implants can last more than 30 years, but like natural teeth, they require care and attention. Here are some simple steps to follow if you want to maximise the lifespan of your new teeth:
Brush for two minutes twice a day, and never forget to floss or use interdental brushes. This routine will prevent tooth decay and gum disease; healthy teeth and gums can guarantee the long-lasting results of your dental implants.
If you smoke, quit. It seriously damages your oral health.
Visit your dental hygienist every six months if you can, or as regularly as your dentist recommends.
Schedule regular check-ups with your dentist so that they can monitor your oral health and check that all is in order with your dental implants.