Ace Dental

1 October 2016

What is the process for having Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the perfect solution to missing teeth for many patients. They are small titanium screws placed directly in the jaw bone, where they integrate with the bone and provide a firm anchor for replacement teeth in the form of crowns, bridges or dentures. They are also the only permanent solution for lost teeth.

Missing teeth can cause problems with biting, chewing and with self-confidence. At Ace Dental our experienced implant surgeons have helped many patients get their confidence and their smile back with the help of dental implants. Here’s how the process works:

Step 1: Assessment

If you are interested in dental implants, the first thing we will do is book you a consultation with one of our dentists to assess your suitability for implant treatment by carefully examining your gums and underlying bone. Most patients are suitable, but if your teeth have been missing for some time, you may need additional preparatory work to rebuild your jaw bone so that it is in the best possible condition to receive implants. This can be done with a bone graft or sinus lift, which rebuilds the bone and increases the chances of your implants’ success.

Step 2: Implant placement

When you are ready to receive your implants, we will book you in for implant placement. This is a minor surgical procedure that can be done under local anaesthetic, although sedation is also available if you are particularly nervous. The implant is screwed into the jaw bone and left for a healing period of three to six months, during which time new bone grows around the implant to provide a firm anchor for your new teeth.

Step 3: New teeth

After adding a connecting piece known as an abutment to your implant, new teeth in the form of crowns, bridges or dentures will be attached. Whatever type of restoration you have, they will look so similar to your natural teeth that nobody will know they are false teeth.

Step 4: Aftercare

Like your natural teeth, implants and restorations require good oral healthcare. Our hygienist will demonstrate how best to care for your implants. With proper care, they will last you many years!

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