Dental implants offer one of the most effective and long lasting ways to replace one or more missing teeth, providing a fixed alternative to removable dentures.
Teeth can be lost for a number of reasons including decay, trauma, infection or gum disease, and this loss can result in a whole host of problems. Implants can improve how you eat and speak, prevent shrinkage of the jawbone, and keep existing teeth firmly in place.
Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone to act just like tooth roots. As titanium is a durable metal that is very well tolerated by the body, the cylindrical posts eventually fuse with the bone, providing a firm foundation for a crown or bridge.
We’re delighted to be able to offer dental implants to our patients – please get in touch if you need more information.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Implants stay firmly and securely in place, unlike ill-fitting dentures
- Help protect the jawbone by keeping it stimulated, preventing existing teeth from moving
- Eliminate the speaking and chewing problems that may be caused by missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures
- Boost your confidence by restoring your smile
The Dental Implant Procedure
Placing a dental implant is a fairly straightforward procedure, performed regularly at Adelaide House.
1. Planning and Preparation
We will carry out a full assessment of your general health, how your teeth fit together, your oral health and the density of your jawbone. If we discover you have insufficient bone volume, you may need a grafting procedure to allow for the successful placement of implants
2. On the Day
We will ensure you are comfortable before we place the titanium posts in your jawbone while you are under a local anaesthetic. It is a relatively simple surgical procedure and the time taken will depend on how many implants we are placing. We will fit a temporary tooth restoration to protect the area while the implant fuses and heals, especially if your implant is in a particularly visible area of your mouth.
Titanium is very well tolerated by the body. Over the next few months, the implants will bond with your jawbone, a process known as osseo-integration, in preparation for your new smile.
4. Your Final Smile
Once your implants have settled in and fully healed, we will fit replacement teeth to the now firmly positioned implants. You will need to maintain good oral hygiene following treatment to ensure your implants remain trouble-free. Maintenance should involve a regular brushing and flossing routine, and you should also attend your regular check-ups so your dentist can make sure your implants stay in great condition.