Natural-Looking Replacements for Missing Teeth
Enjoy those foods you miss
Smile confidently & laugh again
Replace decayed teeth
Ditch your loose dentures for solid teeth
Dental implants are tooth root shaped titanium devices, which are placed into the bone once occupied by a tooth.
Once positioned, under sterile conditions at the practice, bone fuses to the implant surface. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic and although some soreness afterwards can be expected this is usually minimal.
Once integrated a healthy implant can virtually be considered as permanent. At this stage, which can be anything from six weeks to four months after the implant is placed, it is uncovered and a special post called an abutment is attached. A porcelain crown or bridge can then be made for the post and subsequently cemented into position. In some situations a post and provisional crown can be attached to the implant at the time of the surgery.
The main advantages of dental implants are that if kept healthy they are permanent and the adjacent teeth are not touched in any way. Dental implant treatment is extremely predictable with success rates in excess of 95% and is now seen as the ideal solution and first choice for replacing missing teeth.
Maintenance of Dental Implants
Airflow is the gold standard system to clean around implants and maintain their health and longevity. Implants like teeth can be affected by gum disease therefore maintenance and prevention is essential. Airflow works by using soft antibacterial powder, warm water and air to thoroughly decontaminate around the implant without scratching the metal. The antibacterial cleaning system will gently disrupt the plaque biofilm that collects around the surface of the implant which can cause infection if left over time.
Our dedicated Implant Team
We have a dedicated implant suite here at Hale Dental for patients opting to have dental implant treatment. The team, who has over 50 years of combined experience in implant dentistry, is headed up by surgeon Richard Brookshaw. As a lecturer in Implantology, Richard is well respected both nationally and internationally for his work.
The 3 phases for dental implant treatment are as follows:
Phase 1 – Diagnosis and treatment planning
Phase 2 – Implant surgery
The dental implants are placed very carefully into the appropriate positions as planned. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic under strict sterile conditions.
Phase 3 – Implant restoration
Depending on how the implant has been left, buried in the gum or protruding through, the next stage involves exposing the implant and fitting a special attachment, which enables us to take accurate impressions of the implant position. This may involve exposing the implant with a second minor surgical procedure, with impressions being taken after a further short period for the gum to heal, usually 2-3 weeks.
The definitive porcelain crowns are cemented (or screwed) into place, after a try-in to check the colour, shape and fit.