A dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed in the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. Titanium is known to be highly compatible with the human body, meaning an implant provides a firm and solid anchor for a replacement tooth, either a crown or bridge.
We see patients who have lost a tooth for a variety of reasons. Gum disease and decay can lead to a tooth falling out, while accidents and injuries, such as being hit in the face while playing sport, can also cause tooth loss. Whatever the reason, we know that losing a tooth can cause people to be embarrassed about their smile, thus damaging their self-confidence.
A missing tooth can cause your face to have a sunken look and can cause problems with biting and chewing food, meaning some of your favourite foods may suddenly be off the menu.
Unlike other missing tooth solutions, a dental implant helps to prevent these problems. They also look and act very much like natural teeth.
At the free consultation Patrick will assess whether you are suitable for dental implant treatment and create a bespoke treatment plan and estimate of costs, which can be spread over a number of months with 0% finance available.
Once treatment has been agreed we are often able to place the implant immediately, attaching a temporary crown so that you're not left with a gap in your mouth.
After a healing period of three to six months, during which time the implant integrates with the bone and becomes solid, your permanent replacement tooth is fitted.