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Dental Implants – Replacements to missing teeth


Dental implants are a predictable, long lasting replacement to missing teeth. The implant may be used to replace the need for dentures or to make your denture much more comfortable and retentive (tight fitting). By using implants you can avoid damaging existing teeth to replace the missing teeth.

Success rates for dental implants are usually more than 95%. The procedure is not painful and completed under a local anaesthetic.  Most patients report that they rarely need analgaesics such as paracetamol for more than a day.

Dental Implants – replacements to missing teeth

An implant is a titanium screw which is placed into the jaw bone during a small surgical procedure which is carried out using local anaesthetic (the same as when you have a filling). Over a few weeks the implant integrates with the jaw bone and becomes secure, like a tooth root. Once integration has taken place a crown can be fitted over the implant screw.

If the tooth has been missing for a long time a small bone graft may be neccesary, again this is a simple surgical procedure under local anaesthetic, the added bone helps support the dental implant.

Success rates for dental implants are usually more than 95% and require good oral hygiene in order to maintain them in healthy condition. We usually recommend that patients with implants visit for an examination at least every year.

If you are missing teeth and are interested in replacing them with crowns or bridges supported by implants then ring and book an appointment for an assessment. At this first appointment we will discuss your concerns and decide with you the best way to replace your missing teeth. Radiographs (x rays) will be necessary to consider the bone available to support the implants. Usually, following this first appointment it should be possible to give you a treatment plan including the costs involved to replace your missing teeth and the timing of the procedures involved.