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Treatments - Implants

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What are implants?

Implants are a way of replacing missing teeth. A post is planted in the jaw bone to support a replacement tooth. This acts like the root of a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to support fixed bridges or dentures.

Implant treatment normally has two stages. First, the implant is placed in the jaw. Then, when the jaw has healed, replacement teeth are attached to the implant. In some situations it is possible for temporary teeth to be attached to an implant at the time of fitting.

What will my dentist do?

First there will be an initial consultation to ascertain if implants are right for you. There is no charge for this consultation.

  • If you decide to go ahead another longer consultation with X-rays will be carried out.
  • Implants are placed in the jaw under local anaesthetic.
  • The implant is inserted in and the gum is stitched so that it heals over the implant
  • A temporary crown will then be fitted
  • Under the gum, the bone then grows round & through the implant to hold it firm. This takes six to eight weeks.

Implants usually have two sections - the post in the jaw and an extension that is added later when the post is secure. Attaching the extension needs a small cut in the gum above the implant. You might have more than one implant. The replacement teeth might be fixed permanently (like a crown or bridge) or attached in a way which lets you remove them for cleaning (like a denture).