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For most of us, our teeth sit securely in our mouth thanks to our teeth’s natural root system. Every tooth is rooted in our gums to ensure minimal movement, enabling us to chew food and brush our teeth without the worry of them falling out.
However if you lose any of your teeth due to poor health, accident or injury, then you could benefit from dental implants to support the replacement teeth.
What are implants?
Implants are artificial roots to support replacement teeth. The implant is made of titanium and fuses with the bone to provide a durable anchor for the replacement teeth. Implants can be used to provide fixed replacements from one tooth to an entire jaw of teeth. They can also be used to anchor dentures in position in challenging cases.
Implants can last for several decades and are currently the method of choice for tooth replacement in many scenarios.
What will happen during treatment?
Like all treatment, to be successful, implants require careful assessment and planning. We will carry out a detailed consultation and then take accurate 3-dimensional scans of your teeth and bone to ensure that implants can be provided safely and predictably.
Treatment is divided into 2 stages.
- After careful planning, the implant is gently inserted into the jaw. This is then left for a few months to heal and fuse with the bone. If bone volume is deficient this may require additional procedures to correct.
- Often, just 2-3 visits are then required to construct the new teeth. In a complex case this stage may take longer, and we will discuss specifics at the planning stages.
Dental implants at Angle House Specialist Dentistry
Having an implant requires high precision treatment. At Angle House Specialist Dentistry, our team are experts in the implant treatment procedure helping you achieve the outcome you want.
How are implants fitted?
Implants take the role of a tooth’s root so they need to be fitted directly into your jaw bone. This is the first stage of the implant treatment process and is called the implant placement appointment.
Once the implant has been fitted, it is important we wait for it to fuse with the jaw bone. This will take anywhere between six weeks and six months, depending on the softness of your jaw bone. An implant that has been fitted into the upper jaw usually takes longer to fuse because the jaw is more malleable than the lower jaw.
The second stage of the implant process is when we fit your new tooth (denture or bridge) to the implant. This is known as the implant restoration phase.
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