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Dental Implants

Dental implants are the closest you can get to achieving a natural tooth. Implants are small metal posts that fit into your jaw, similar to a tooth root, and are fitted with a restoration such as a crown or bridge.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants replace missing or extracted teeth by acting as an artificial root and tooth. They are surgically inserted into the jawbone, making them one of the most durable solutions. A dental implant is typically more expensive but provides more comfort and support for missing teeth than dentures or traditional bridges.

What is the dental implant procedure?

Receiving a dental implant requires more than one appointment for inserting the post and fitting the restoration. If you require an extraction, you will need an additional appointment and enough time for the site to heal before surgery.

This treatment is a minor surgical procedure whereby we cut into the gum and drill the post into the jawbone. You will receive local anaesthesia, but we have various sedation options should you feel anxious about the procedure.

Once the post is inserted, it will take several weeks to heal. The metal post needs to fuse to the jawbone to be completely secure before we can fit a restoration. Once healed, we will have a final appointment to fit your crown or bridge.

How do I know dental implants are right for me?

If you are missing one or more teeth and are considering dental implants, contact us for a consultation. We will examine your teeth, perform X-rays and advise you on whether you would be suitable for dental implants.

It’s vital to have healthy gums and a strong jawbone structure before receiving implants. Other factors to consider include:

  • You need to have an adequate and fully developed bone structure
  • You don’t smoke
  • You don’t have existing health issues that affect bone structure
  • You are willing to undergo several months of treatment and recovery
  • You are unable to wear or are unwilling to get dentures

After assessing these factors and your oral tissue health, we can actively develop a treatment plan in line with your needs and budget.