Over a lifetime, your teeth can experience a lot of natural wear and tear and it’s not uncommon to lose a tooth either through decay, injury or accident. If you are missing a single tooth- or a number of teeth- the Dentistry@Markethill team can repair your smile with this proven long-term treatment.
This is ideal for replacing a single tooth or small bridge. The implant will look and feel very similar to the surrounding natural teeth.
In some cases, for example after a traumatic accident, we are able to extract a broken tooth and immediately place an implant in the affected area.
Dentures have a long history as being a cost-efficient solution to large scale tooth loss but over time they can become an annoying inconvenience.
Implant stabilised dentures work by strategically placing titanium roots in your jaw bone and attaching custom-made dentures to them-permanently- allowing you to eat the foods you love again and feel confident with your new improved smile.
And although the implant won’t decay or erode, the area around it is still vulnerable to plaque and bacteria so it’s important to continue seeing your dentist regularly.
We perform implants using a local anaesthetic so our patient’s won’t feel any pain during the procedure. You may feel some minor discomfort for a few days after but this is normal and is usually caused by the stitches and the healing process.
The surgery to place the titanium screw can take 2 - 3 hours but these are only guidelines and your circumstances may require less or more time. Once the screw is in place you will need to allow at least 3 months for it to fully bond (integrate) with the bone structure before we can continue the treatment.
Once your implant has fully integrated we will make an impression of your mouth and build your custom-made crown, which will take roughly two weeks. Finally, the fitting itself will take about an hour.
A We can reassure you that implants are incredibly safe and can, in fact, last many years if you care for them properly. By looking after your implants and attending regular maintenance check-ups there’s every reason to believe they could last a lifetime.