Dental Implants

Not only is it important to preserve teeth for good facial aesthetics and a nice smile, but also for function, or the ability to chew efficiently and without pain. Loss of teeth can result in tipping of the adjacent teeth, or over-eruption of the opposing teeth into the space. Also, the bone that surrounds the tooth dissolves after an extraction, usually causing gum recession on the adjacent teeth. When a tooth is removed, the resulting gap and bone loss can result in a less attractive appearance, sometimes causing the face to sink in, which can make people look older.

Dental implants are generally the best way to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth. Implants are biocompatible titanium fixtures that mimic the tooth root. These are placed in the jawbone and fully integrate over three months to form a solid foundation on which to place a prosthetic tooth (an implant crown).

Once completed, implants look and function like normal teeth.

Implants do not require any drilling of the adjacent teeth and are the perfect alternative to dentures and bridges to replace missing teeth.

Dental Implants at Smile Style Dental

A strong natural looking solution to replace your missing teeth.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is simply a pure titanium “root” which is placed into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth/teeth. This type of metal used in dental implants has been used in surgical procedures for many many years. This material is perfectly compatible with the body and over time becomes completely integrated with the bone tissue.

Are Dental Implants painful?

The idea of having something screwed into your jawbone may sound painful, the procedure is done using a local anaesthetic which means the level of discomfort felt should be the same as during a standard filling. Patients should be able to return their normal daily lives immediately after the procedure.

Why should I need a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth or secure loose dentures and bridges.

What are the other benefits?

The replacement tooth will look natural and be extremely strong. It will give you the confidence to smile and eat any food that you would normally with your regular teeth. You will no longer need to worry about revealing a gap in your teeth or that your dentures may become loose or even worse, fall out. Dental implants actually help preserve your natural bone which avoids having a sunken appearance if you have lost a number of teeth.

What happens during the process of having Dental Implants?

We start with an assessment with x-rays or scans to understand if the mouth is in good health to take a dental implant. Any issues will be treated before to ensure the best chance of success. The dental implant is placed into the jawbone and left to integrate with the surrounding bone. Once the implant has settled in, a crown, bridge or denture can be made to fix onto the implant. This process can take between 6 weeks to 6 months depending on the situation.

Do Dental Implants need extra aftercare?

Once the dental implants have been fitted and the crown attached, we would advise you to ease your way back into your eating regime. It is unwise to bite hard substances straight away. However, it should not be long before you are able to resume your regular eating habits. Should clean your teeth and floss as normal to ensure good oral health.

How long will Dental Implants last?

This will depend on a number of factors such as whether you smoke or follow a good oral care hygiene regime. With regular visits to a dentist and hygienist, it is possible that your dental implants could last up to a lifetime.

I am interested in having Dental Implants how much do they cost?

As everyone is unique, it is impossible to get you a standard price for dental implants. You would need to contact the practice to arrange an implant consultation. At this appointment, you will meet with the dentist and have a brief chat with the opportunity to ask questions. Only when you are completely comfortable, will we proceed to the next stage.