It may seem minor in the grand scheme of life, but unwanted gaps in your mouth can dampen your confidence, as well as cause discomfort and pain.
Gone are the days when we’d lose a tooth only to have another sprout up in its place after profiting from “the tooth fairy”.
We must now take matters into our own hands (or put them into the hands of our dentist, more accurately). Luckily this approach creates permanent, genuine and comfortable results.
If you have holes in your mouth from periodontal disease, injury or any number of reasons, we have the answer: dental implants.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial root made from titanium metal – a material that’s compatible with the human body and safe to use.
We surgically insert this into your jawbone to replace the root of your natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is then attached to the implant – acting as an anchor to secure the replacement tooth in place.
Whether you need to replace one tooth or all of your teeth, dental implants can provide a permanent solution without damaging other teeth. They can also support partial or full dentures.
What does it involve?
Getting a dental implant usually involves an outpatient surgery that’s performed in stages.
This process spans a number of months and can involve three procedures, around one to two hours in duration.
We place the implant in your jaw and wait 3 months for it to fuse with your jawbone.
We then uncover the implant and attach an extension, which acts as a foundation for your new tooth (once the gum tissue has healed around it).
We create a crown that suits your natural teeth and attach this to the implant
Everyone is different, so a “one-size fits all” approach doesn’t work. Dr Alistair Graham will discuss the specifics of your treatment plan, after he’s assessed your needs and the condition of your mouth.
We go out of our way to deliver an accurate and effective treatment plan, which includes scans and x-rays using the most advanced technology to snap a clear picture of your skull, jawline and sinus. In some cases, we even complete the surgical treatment while using computer guided templates that ensure the most accurate implant placement.
We can also perform bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, guided bone regeneration, sinus floor lifting and other procedures, if we find there’s a need to improve your bone quality and quantity.
What are the risks?
There are few risks, since this is a safe procedure using titanium dental implants, which are biocompatible and therefore accepted by the body.
Many patients also say there’s minimal discomfort, but we’ll walk you through what to expect and any possible risks, during your consultation.
What are you waiting for?
It can be daunting to sign up for any procedure, but the sooner you do something about your missing tooth or teeth, the better. Wouldn’t it be a relief to stop hiding behind a tight-lipped smile that isn’t fooling anyone? A dental implant will help you embrace your toothy grin, enjoy your food in comfort and feel confident again.
Feel free to contact us for more information.