Dental Implants

We are also pleased to be able to offer our patients a more permanent solution to missing teeth.  Dr Andrew Butcher has many years of experience in placing dental implants for either single missing teeth or the whole jaw.

What is an implant?

A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails.
Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.

Implants are a safe, well-established treatment and much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them.  You will need to make sure you attend regular maintenance appointments with Andrew and our hygienist Jane who work together to ensure that they last as long as possible. Unfortunately as with any surgery there is no lifetime guarantee.

 

If you don’t look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to what you get on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. All these problems are the same as those associated with natural teeth which is why it is imperative you choose a dentist with the experience to ensure implants are only fitted to strong and healthy bone.   Andrew will normally request a CT scan prior to any surgery to ensure the bone is satisfactory, a bone graft may sometimes be necessary.

The procedure is painless and is done under a local anaesthetic.

 

After your implants have been placed, the bone in your jaw needs to grow onto them and fuse to them. This usually takes a few months. Sometimes the implants may be stable enough when they are placed for the false teeth to be fitted sooner than this.

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If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you may have a temporary denture in the meantime. If you already have full dentures, you can keep wearing these while your implants are healing. Your dentures will need altering, to fit properly after the surgery, and a ‘healing cap’ will usually be placed onto the implant site to protect it.

Dental implants do cost more than the cost of conventional treatments such as crowns or bridges, however over the longer term, implants are usually a more cost-effective and satisfactory option.

 

There are other advantages to implants, too. If you have an implant to replace a single tooth, there is no need to cut down the teeth either side of it. If you had a bridge, your dentist would need to do this and fit crowns to these teeth to support the bridge.

 

Normal dentures often mean that your eating and drinking are affected because the dentures may move about. But teeth attached to an implant don’t cause this problem, because they are anchored to the bone more firmly than natural teeth.

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Emergencies (Dental or Denture) please call 01395 225 600