Slavek explains dental implants
A patient's experience
Support for nervous patients
A fantastic option to replace a missing tooth or teeth are dental implants, which can help restore a healthy, natural smile and strong bite. Our dentists have lots of experience offering this life-changing treatment to our patients, so you can have complete peace of mind that you will be in the very best hands. In the way they look and feel, dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, in fact many patients forget they have an implant in place at all.
If you are considering a dental implant, your dentist will take the time to carefully examine your teeth and mouth, answering any questions you might have about the treatment. If you decide to go ahead, they will help you book the appointments you will need, which could include time to remove a damaged or decayed tooth. When it comes to the implant treatment, your dentist will always prioritise your comfort, so they will gently administer a local anaesthetic, or even some safe sedation if you feel particulary anxious or worried about the process.
A small, safe titanium post is then placed into the jaw at the site of the missing tooth. This will act as a secure ‘root’ for the new tooth, once the implanted post is healed. The area is then stitched up so the jaw bone is able to fully bind to the implant and hold it firm. It is important to remember that we will always go at a pace that suits you, and make sure you feel relaxed at all times.
Once the implant has fused to your jaw bone, your dentist will take detailed impressions of your teeth and gums. They will also match the colour of the surrounding teeth so your new implant tooth will look completely natural. Once the tooth is ready it is securely attached to the titanium post.
You are now ready to smile, eat and drink as you did before you lost your tooth, as your new implant will be strong, long lasting, and will work, look and feel just like a natural tooth. To help make sure your whole mouth and new implant stay as clean and healthy as possible, we would recommend you visit us for regular hygiene therapy appointments, where we will help you understand the best way to look after and clean your new implant and the rest of your teeth, mouth and gums.