Dental Implants at Sunningdale Dental Practice
Innovative restorative dentistry designed to replace missing teeth
Dental implants are a modern and innovative dental treatment that we are excited to offer at Sunningdale Dental Practice. Within the last decade, there have been many advances in dental implant technology, and this type of dental work really is the very latest in tooth replacement. Implants are designed to be the closest thing in look and feel to real teeth, and if they are cared for properly, they can last a lifetime.
Dental implants are a fixed option, which means it is not removed from your mouth and so in essence acts like a natural tooth. It is also the option which means that it doesn’t need to involve treating any of the adjacent teeth and only treating the gap in question. This makes the dental implant easier to clean and maintain compared to other fixed options like dental bridges.
How do Implants Work?
Precision made from titanium, dental implants are designed to replace the missing tooth root to provide a secure foundation for replacement teeth that will be connected above the gum line. Implants can be placed to support entire arches of teeth, or just one single tooth depending on your needs. In some instances, implants can be placed very quickly in the case of a dental injury where a tooth has been knocked out.
Is everyone suitable for Dental Implants?
Before a treatment plan can be arranged for dental implants, the process begins with a consultation. The consultation is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have, to discuss your expectations and to understand what is involved and the costs. It is also a chance for us to perform a thorough dental examination and diagnostics, and to discuss certain lifestyle habits that may affect your suitability for treatment.
The health of your jawbone is particularly important because the implants integrate to it. For long term treatment success, habits like smoking really must be controlled and preferably ceased, as they can hinder the healing process and long-term viability.
Following the consultation, if you are suitable, we will provide you with a transparent treatment plan, including timescales and fees. If you aren't suitable, we have various alternatives to tooth replacement that we can recommend.
What is the implant treatment process?
The process of tooth implant treatment can take several months because it takes time for the implant and the jawbone to bond together, a process called osseointegration. This typically takes anything from 3 – 6 months.
The implant process usually follows these steps:
- Initial consultation
- Moulds of the mouth taken along with scans
- Bone grafting (if needed)
- Implant procedure
- Crowns placed
- Check-ups and reviews to ensure all healing well - Moulds for the new custom-made crown
How do I look after my new dental implant?
Once the final stage of the treatment is finished we will provide you with instructions for care and maintenance, along with lifestyle recommendations for long-term implant success.
The great thing about implants is that once they have been placed and stabilised in position, you can care for them very much as you would your natural teeth, with regular cleaning and flossing at home along with routine visits to the dental hygienist. We will also invite you for periodic inspections at the practice to ensure that all is well.
How do I start the process to replace my missing teeth?
If you are suffering with missing teeth or perhaps loose and uncomfortable dentures, why not call the team at Sunningdale Dental Practice to see how our revolutionary implant treatments can help? You can reach our experienced team on 01344 620526.