If a tooth has been lost, missing, fractured or extracted, the unsightly gap can be replaced with a dental implant.
An implant is an artificial tooth root replacement used to support restorations that resemble a tooth or a group of teeth. There are several types of dental implants and at York Road Dentist we use Ankylos. However if patient has had implant placed and require further work with their existing implants, we can still provide a solution for you, providing you can tell us what type of implant system you have. There are several 100’s or even 1000’s of types around the world!!
What are implants?
The implant itself is a surgically placed titanium post, which are shaped like a screw and serve as a secure root for the new tooth. It will function as your ordinary teeth do when you are chewing, talking and laughing. You will not notice any difference between your natural teeth and an implant.
Implants can also be used to support fixed bridges or dentures in multiple spaces.
Implant treatment normally has two stages. First, the implant is placed in the jaw. Then, when the jaw has healed, replacement teeth are attached to the implant. In some situations it is possible for temporary teeth to be attached to an implant at the time of fitting.
If you only have a single gap missing, it is actually less invasive way to fix a gap. Implants do not impact on any other teeth unlike bridges which may require healthy teeth to be cut down.
Since it is an individual tooth standing, you can look after it just like your own teeth. You can floss, clean, and function just like with natural teeth.
Would implants be right for me?
First, you should decide whether implants could be right for you. Contact us to arrange an implant consultation. and we will let you know the possibilities. Our team will be happy to help you with any questions you may have.
The Implant process
- Implants are placed into the jaw under local anaesthetic. You can opt to have sedation for this procedure if you wish.
- Once the implant is in place, the gum is stitched so that it will heal over the implant. Temporary solutions are available depending on situation
- The bone then grows round the implant to hold it firm. This takes several months; we just advise patients to avoid chewing hard foods around that area.
- You will then return to the surgery after around 3 months for placement of the artificial tooth.