Info on Implants

Implants

We are pleased to be able to offer our patients the possibility of treatment using dental implants. We are also pleased to announce that in 2006 Mr Jones completed his Masters of Medical Science in Dental Implantology at the University of Sheffield.

Why have implants?

Dental implants are the closest a patient can get to real teeth. They offer a long lasting solution and all the strength and durability of your own, healthy teeth. The placing of implants helps many patients overcome the problems associated with loss of teeth, for example:

  • the loss of your smile and confidence
  • the loss of chewing ability the poor function of a denture

Such issues can be distressing for patients and when these problems are overcome it is a very happy day for them and a very satisfying day for the dentist.

What are implants?

Image of the similarity of implants and natural tooth

Implants come in many different shapes and sizes but most are cylindrical and mimic the shape of a natural root. According to what is required the correct shape of implant, made from titanium, is attached to the bone under the gum. The body accepts the metal pure titanium and bone grows to surround and incorporate it. This process we call osseointegration.

Once implants have been integrated they can either be crowned, so the patient is left with a natural looking and long lasting replacement for their own tooth, or they can be used to clip onto a denture to help keep it in place.

In our practice we use Nobel Biocare products (visit www.nobelbiocare.com) and comply to their high levels of cleanliness required when placing the implants. Nobel Biocare have a long track record in research and development going back some 35 years, which gives testimony to their products and services. In our experience We have found the provision of implants to be a successful and a beneficial treatment with remarkably little discomfort for our patients. We look forward to providing this treatment more and more in the future as an alternative to destructive bridge work or a poor denture.

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