Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth
At Orchard Dental we have an absolute commitment to saving natural teeth whenever we can, but sometimes this is just not possible. A tooth might be so inflamed or decayed that it has to be extracted, or you may have lost teeth through some kind of physical trauma.
Whatever the reason, we understand how distressing this can be. An excellent option for replacing individual missing teeth and restoring your bite and smile is a dental implant.
A dental implant is the best known solution to a missing tooth; it feels and looks indistinguishable from the real thing. An implant replaces the entire tooth root with a titanium fixture, and some time later a connecting component known as an abutment is fitted, which links the fixture to an artificial tooth.
Dental practice partner Dominic Cox is very experienced at placing implants, and he can offer this treatment on site in our surgery and provide quality aftercare.
Dental implants are small posts that are placed in the jaw at the site of the missing tooth. Eventually the post will be crowned but, in the first instance, the gum is stitched back together and the area is left untouched for several months to allow the jaw bone to bind to the implant and hold it firm.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic so that you won’t feel a thing, but you can opt to relax completely with sedation if you prefer.
In a later appointment, we take detailed impressions of your teeth and gums and a bespoke replacement tooth made from dental porcelain will be crafted by our partner laboratory.
Once the tooth is made, we reopen the gum to reveal the post head and attach the tooth as a permanent replacement, leaving you with optimum comfort and function, and the most aesthetic solution for missing teeth possible.
Before treatment begins we will highlight your current dental situation and any alternatives to a dental implant. In the case of a single lost tooth these options might include doing nothing, with an assessment of the likely long term effects on your surrounding teeth such as tooth movement and possible changes to your bite and the rate of wear on your teeth. Another option might be a bridge, fixed to adjacent teeth.