Dental Implant FAQs

What exactly is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial root made from tough titanium that is surgically placed into the jawbone and acts as a permanent anchor for a new colour-matched tooth. They can replace a single missing tooth, or a full arch of replacement teeth, and can also be used to stabilise loose dentures.

Are dental implants suitable for me?

You need to be in good general health to have implants. Unless teeth have been lost in an accident, most patients seeking treatment with implants have a history of dental problems, such as gum disease or decay around fillings or crowns. Implants are usually still possible in these cases and any underlying disease or decay can be treated as part of the implant planning and assessment process. Alternatively, you may have been struggling with dentures for years and are looking for a more workable solution. Rest assured, we can usually offer a suitable type of cosmetic dentistry for most of our clients.

How are implants placed?

The implants, which resemble screws or cylinders, are placed into the jaw and the gum is sealed over them. (Please note we can offer intravenous sedation if you are concerned about this procedure.)

Over the next two to four months, the implants will bond with the bone to form anchors for artificial teeth. During this time, a temporary tooth replacement can be worn to fill the gap.

The second stage of the procedure is to expose the implants and attach extensions, which complete the foundation for the placement of your new teeth. Your gums will then be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks, while a temporary is worn. In some cases, the first two stages can be combined which substantially reduces the duration of the treatment.

Finally, replacement bridges or crowns will be custom-made and cemented to the abutments. These are often splinted together for extra strength but will still look like individual teeth. After a short time, your ability to chew and speak will return to normal and you will feel free to smile again!

What if the treatment is not successful?

It is very rare for implants to fail to fuse with the bone and, of the thousands of implants placed at Stoke Bishop Dental, we have only had a small number of failed cases, which were subsequently put right.

To ensure their longevity, implants need to be well looked after. Our dedicated team of hygienists will help you take care of your new teeth.

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