Dental Implants

There's nothing more guaranteed to spoil your smile than decaying, discoloured or crooked teeth. As bad if not worse, are gaps where teeth are missing. There may be other impacts too such as an inability to eat your favourite foods, together with discomfort as your remaining teeth alter position once one is lost. But you needn't suffer like this because dental implants can provide a long-term solution!

Read on for answers to some common questions about implants ...

Am I eligible?

There is nothing (including your age) to prevent you from having a dental implant other than health issues which might make it inadvisable. Naturally, we will discuss with you your medical history and any previous dental treatment that you've had and give you sound impartial advice as to whether a dental implant is the right choice for you.

What are implants?

Dental implants are small titanium screws that replace the root section of one or more of your teeth. The screws are inserted in the jaw where they swiftly integrate with the bone structure to provide an anchor point for a brand-new replacement tooth that will look and feel like a natural one.

Are they safe?

Dental implants have been around for a long time now (since the 1960s) and are clinically proven to be an effective replacement for unsightly or missing teeth. Dr Jakileti, our principal dentist, is an experienced implantologist in this highly-specialised field.

How long do they last?

It depends on individual circumstances but there's good evidence to indicate that many patients can expect implants to last for many years.

How long will I need treatment?

This will vary according your needs but it is common for our patients to experience a relatively short period of treatment, perhaps only a few days; occasionally, a longer period is required for best results. Note: if bone grafts are required, they must be left to mature before implants are installed and this commonly requires an extended treatment period.

Will I have gaps in my teeth until it's complete?

Again, this will vary according your needs but we can provide most of our patients with some type of temporary tooth replacement.

Will it hurt?

You may be anticipating that having an implant will be a long and painful procedure. But we work quickly and gently to install the implant and with additional help from either sedation or an anaesthetic, most of our patients express surprise at how little discomfort they experience.

What happens afterwards?

Once the treatment is complete, you can do much to ensure the success of your procedure by maintaining your oral hygiene through regular brushing and flossing. Our team will show you how to do that and will be there to support you in your progress towards that confident smile you've always wanted.

How will I benefit?

The first and often most desired benefit is the tremendous boost to your self-confidence that an attractive smile conveys - but it doesn't stop there. Dental implants have far less impact on your facial structure than older technology such as sets of false teeth which can impart a 'sunken' appearance that is unappealing and prematurely aging. Moreover, false teeth sets can lead to bone loss and receding gums as the underlying jawbone is not being stimulated by chewing. Not so with implants, however, as you'll notice a marked improvement in chewing after treatment and thus enjoy your food more in the process!

Where can I find further information?

please ask your dentist for further information and you can Click on: www.implantsforlife.co.uk for information provided by Dentsply, the world's largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies.

How much will it cost?

Your needs are unique to you and depend on the number of implants required and whether additional procedures such as bone grafts may be required. Therefore, your potential investment in your teeth must await a thorough diagnostic examination after which we will provide you with options for a recommended course of treatment together with cost estimate.

How do I make an appointment?

Telephone us on 01473 742 142 or email us at dentists@bhdp.co.uk

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