Until fairly recently, traditional dentures and bridges were the only options for replacing missing teeth. Some people can’t comfortably wear dentures. They can be painful, they don’t remain in place, and they can cause embarrassing clicking noises when you eat, speak or laugh.
Traditional bridges can cause the bone in that area to recede, possibly destabilizing the adjacent teeth, and increasing the risk of periodontal disease to those teeth. The dental implant has none of these disadvantages. Improved techniques and advances in the materials used for implants have made the permanent dental implant a far better alternative for many people.
We are able to offer a range of implant treatments from simple to complex using various systems such as Straumann, Nobel Biocare and Dentsply. Our implantologist Gerry Davies holds an MSc in Oral Surgery and has wealth of experience in all aspects of implantology.
First, the implant is placed in the jaw. The procedure is normally possible with local anaesthetic, or under light sedation if you prefer. The dental implant then needs to integrate fully with the jaw bone. This process usually takes between 6- 8 weeks. It is possible to wear temporary dentures or bridges during the healing period.
Once the jaw has healed, impressions can then be taken and sent off to the laboratory to construct a custom-made crown or bridge that matches the natural teeth. Following this, your new replacement teeth are attached to the implant.
At Eastgate House Dental Surgery we are always delighted to welcome new patients. From your initial consultation through to your treatment and ongoing care, we take all the time we need to ensure your experience is as pleasant, enjoyable and comfortable as possible.