Missing out? We can fill you in with our smile restoring implants.

22nd March 2016 by John Picton

If you have a lone lost tooth, no teeth at all or if you are becoming increasingly irritated with your ill-fitting dentures, we can offer a long lasting, great looking solution to your missing tooth woes.

Absent teeth or misbehaving dentures can cause a whole host of difficulties including:

  • Chewing problems – meaning you could miss out on some of your favourite foods
  • Speech difficulties – this can make it tricky to get your message across
  • Self-esteem – a gappy smile can be a confidence killer
  • Uncomfortable dentures – it can be a real pain if your false teeth are slip sliding around
  • Bone loss – it’s a case of use it or lose it with your jawbone. If it isn’t kept stimulated by your teeth, it can begin to degenerate
  • Teeth twisting and shifting out of place – if teeth start to move about food can become trapped and cause all kind of yucky problems

Dental implants can help eliminate all these annoying issues and make life a whole lot more fun – you’ll be able to eat toffee and other tough stuff, be a lot more chatty and most of all you’ll have a great reason to smile. Fortunately the majority of people are suitable candidates but remember you have to be pretty healthy to achieve implant success, and smokers or people with diabetes have a greater risk of developing gum disease or infections after surgery.

If we find you have insufficient bone density for the placing of implants, don’t despair, we can offer bone grafting to build it up again.

Getting to the root of the problem

The cylindrical implants act just like your natural tooth roots and slot neatly into your jawbone. They are normally made from titanium because this super tough metal is so well tolerated by the body. Once in place, implants are described as ‘osseointegrated’ as they fit perfectly into their new home.

The waiting game

The implants are put in place with a simple surgical procedure and then it’s simply a matter of waiting until they have effectively ‘taken root’ and bonded with your bone. This can take 3-6 months but don’t worry, you don’t have to spend the whole time with a gappy smile, we will pop temporary teeth in place to tide you over.

When the implants are snugly in position and ready to provide a solid foundation to your new teeth, your permanent crowns are put in place and then all you have to do is smile!

A lasting smile

If you take great care of your implants, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t last for years. We’ll let you know how to keep your lovely new teeth in tip top condition so you’ll be armed with lots of implant friendly cleaning techniques.

And be sure to come and see us regularly so we can keep a watchful eye on your wonderfully restored teeth.