Restore your smile and your confidence with dental implants. This innovative treatment is the only solution for a missing tooth that looks, functions and feels like a natural tooth. With dental implants, you can achieve a natural-looking restoration that will last a lifetime. It can also help to maintain jaw bone density, which will help to maintain a youthful face shape.
Replacing your partial denture with a dental implant will allow you to eat, speak and smile with confidence again. No more messy denture adhesive or worrying about your denture coming loose. The dental crown restoration sits on a dental implant placed in your jaw which mimics the role of a natural tooth root. The result is a natural-looking restoration that functions just like a real tooth.
The dental implant procedure takes place over multiple visits and usually takes around 3-6 months to complete. It starts with an in-depth consultation to determine if you are a suitable candidate for treatment. If you decide to go ahead, the first step is to surgically place the implant in a small pocket in your jaw bone. This is left to heal and fuse with the jaw bone in a process known as osseointegration.
Once healed, we expose the top of the implant and attach a healing abutment. This piece sits above the gumline and holds the crown. We contour the gum to ensure the finished result looks as natural as possible. The final stage in the treatment process is to place your crown. If you are replacing multiple teeth, you may have a bridge fitted instead.
It is best to allow the extraction site to heal before placing dental implants. While the gum will typically take around two weeks to heal, implants are normally placed 8-10 weeks after the tooth has been extracted.
No, dental implants are not typically offered on the NHS. This is a private treatment and would only be offered by the NHS on rare occasions. It is more likely that the NHS would offer a bridge or a denture.
A dental implant usually starts at around £2500 per tooth, but this will vary depending on how complex your case is. If you require a bone graft prior to implant placement, the cost will be more.