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Dental implants are an attractive, safe and permanent solution for patients who have suffered tooth loss, whether that’s a single tooth or a full arch. An implant is a ceramic tooth which is attached via an artificial root to mimic the strength and stability of a natural tooth. With dental implants, no-one needs to be self-conscious about their appearance. They look and feel entirely natural and this leads to a more confident smile and improved quality of speech.

How does it work?

Treatment usually involves a number of stages, beginning with an initial planning phase where an assessment is carried out by one of our experienced clinicians. This is followed by a preparation phase where a small titanium screw is inserted into the jawbone. Over a few weeks, the jawbone ‘fuses’ with the implant to form a strong ‘root’ for the new tooth. Once this healing period is complete, a crown is attached to the implant to fully restore the appearance and function of the missing tooth. When one or two teeth are missing, a single implant is used per tooth, however if we are replacing a row of three or more teeth, it is often possible to reduce the number of implants by attaching ‘bridges’ to the implants. Once in place, the implant should perfectly match the appearance of the surrounding natural teeth, and no-one should be able to tell the implant apart. If well cared for, with good oral hygiene, implants are an excellent long-term solution for missing teeth.

When would we recommend an implant?

The closest alternative to a natural tooth, we recommend implants for those who wish to replace any missing teeth with an alternative that looks, feels and functions in much the same way as their original teeth.

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