Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are fixed into the jaw, providing a strong foundation onto which crowns, bridges or dentures can be securely attached. They are made from titanium, a material that is well tolerated by the body. Over time, the jaw bone grows onto the surface of the implant, providing secure and stable anchorage. The most common implants we use are provided by Straumann.
Dental implants are an ideal treatment option as they provide a perfect, natural and aesthetic solution for lost teeth or ill-fitting dentures, enabling you to speak clearly, eat with enjoyment and smile with confidence.
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The loss of a tooth, for whatever reason, can be a traumatic experience and, when this happens, replacing missing teeth with a natural and aesthetic alternative becomes a high priority.
Dental implants offer a durable, long lasting solution to the problem of missing teeth and offers several advantages over traditional techniques. Dental implants do not require the sacrifice of healthy tooth enamel, as may be the case with a traditional bridge. In addition, implants can preserve and even strengthen bone, a significant advantage when compared with the bone shrinkage that can occur following tooth loss.
An initial examination and consultation can determine whether your case will be suitable for treatment with implants. Once agreed, impressions of your teeth are taken to facilitate treatment planning and ensure a predictable result. In more complex cases, a CT scan and computerised 3D assessment of the jaws may be required.
Dental implants normally require only a single surgical procedure, completed under local anaesthetic or a combination of local anaesthetic and intravenous conscious sedation, given under the supervision of an anaesthetist.
However, it is sometimes necessary to build up the gum and bone to assist in support and security of the replacement tooth and this may necessitate more than one procedure.
Most patients are able to have dental implant treatment. Suitability largely depends upon the quality and quantity of bone in your jaw, and in extreme cases there may not be enough to anchor the implant.
However, if your jaw bone is only slightly lacking, we may be able to augment it with bone grafting before placing the implant.
To find out whether you're able to have dental implants, come in for a consultation, where we'll examine your mouth and assess your suitability.
Ringley Park Dental Practice
59 Reigate Road
Surrey, RH2 0QZ
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Phone: 01737 240123
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