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Dental implants are the most effective way of replacing missing teeth. A small metal rod is attached to the jaw bone and is used as an artificial tooth root. A bridge or dentures are then attached to the rod to replicate the form and function of a normal tooth.
There are two stages to the dental implant process. The first involves placing the implant in the jaw, and once it has healed the artificial teeth are attached to the implant. In certain cases a temporary tooth can be attached to the implant straight after it has been fitted.
Are dental implants the right option for me?
The best way to decide if dental implants are appropriate for you is to discuss all your potential treatment options with us. We can provide a consultation and expert advice, and our team will be more than happy to address any questions of concerns you may have.
Should you decide to go ahead with the treatment, we will progress as follows:
Holes for the implant are placed in the jaw under local anaesthetic – Sedation is also available for this procedure.
The implant is then placed in the hole and the gum is stitched to allow it to heal over the implant.
The jaw bone then fuses with the implant to form a secure fixture. This can take some time before it is fully stable, typically a couple of months.
When ready, a small incision is made in the gum directly above the implant. The replacement tooth will then be attached to the implant, providing a permanent replacement for your missing tooth.