An implant is made up of an artificial titanium root that is fixed to the jawbone, with a crown or bridge fitted on top. They can be made to look and feel just like natural teeth. If you are concerned about your replacement teeth looking realistic or coming loose, implants are an ideal option.
Implants also safeguard your overall dental health. Replacing missing teeth is extremely important, as missing teeth cause bone loss which can age your face, and could potentially cause adjacent teeth to become loose too.
There are several different types of implant available depending on your needs. Your Hughes & Owen Dental Care dentist will discuss all the options with you to find the best solution.
If you are suitable for the treatment we will provide you with a transparent treatment plan explaining the time and costs involved. Moving forwards, we then book you in with a highly-experienced, local implant dentist to place the dental implant. The final stage of the process, the restoration, is then provided at Hughes & Owen Dental Care.
An implant is a great choice for a single missing tooth, whether it’s visible or not, and the results can be life-changing. A single implant provides the foundation for a crown, which will be created to match your teeth exactly.
If you’re missing more than one tooth, there are a number of options available to you. In some cases a single implant can support two replacement teeth, or two implants can support a fixed bridge if you have several missing teeth.
Dentures can be uncomfortable, irritating and embarrassing. With advances in implant dentistry, Hughes & Owen Dental Care can offer innovative techniques for denture stabilisation, ensuring they are comfortable and will not slip.
As with natural teeth, good oral hygiene is important for preventing gum disease and prolonging the life of your implants. You do not need to remove the teeth fitted to your implants, but clean them as you would your natural teeth. A high standard of daily care, along with regular check-ups with your local Hughes & Owen Dental Care dentist and hygienist, will help to ensure your mouth stays healthy and your implants last as long as possible.
Contact Hughes & Owen Dental Care today to find out more about dental implants and how they could work for you.
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Assessment: Every treatment begins with an assessment from your local Hughes & Owen Dental Care dentist who will be performing your implant treatment. They will discuss all the options with you, make an assessment of the best solution for you, and ensure you understand every step of your treatment. You will have an x-ray and, in some cases, a CT scan to help visualise your jaw, ensure your gums are healthy and that there is enough jaw bone to place the implant.
The treatment: This is when the implant is placed into your jaw. It’s a straightforward process which can be completed under local anaesthetic. If you are particularly nervous or have a dental phobia, your dentist will make sure you feel absolutely comfortable with the treatment, and can provide sedation if needed.
The implants will need three to six months to heal and integrate with your jaw bone to provide a solid support for the crown or bridge.
Depending on your treatment and your dentist’s diagnosis, a temporary crown can be fitted at the same time as your initial appointment.
Once your jaw has healed, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth. This enables a dental technician to build your bespoke crown or bridge, which will be colour matched to blend seamlessly with your other teeth.
Restoration:It may be necessary to have a separate appointment between six weeks and six months after your initial treatment, to allow the implant to fully integrate. This ensures that your jaw has completely healed before the crown or bridge is permanently fitted.
Your smile is now complete.
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