Implant for a tooth? What are they? How can they help?

implantHave you ever split your tooth, broken a crown in your mouth and the dentist say to you that it needs extracting? Or have you got gaps in your smile that bother you? Well I think the dental implant may be the answer for you at Time Dental.

Lets face it having a tooth taken out is not the most pleasant of experiences, but being left with a gap in the mouth especially if it’s a visible gap can have a huge impact on your confidence and self-esteem.

There are different options to fill that gap. You could have a denture which is a removable plate. You could have a fixed bridge which uses the teeth from either side for supporting a tooth where the space is. You could also have dental implants which replaces just the tooth that is missing and is considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth.

What are dental implants? That is a great question.Your teeth have roots that are set in your jaw bone. A dental implant is essentially a titanium root that is fixed in the jaw bone. A bespoke connector protrudes from the titanium implant that holds a crown that emerges from the gum line and looks like your natural tooth!

That sounds painful, is it?- i hear you ask. Actually the treatment is pain free as it is completed very quickly by our highly trained implant surgeon and you are also anesthetised so you don’t feel anything as the implant is carefully placed into position. You have the same type of numb feeling as if you were have a routine restoration or filling.

Once the implant is in place the gum heals in a few weeks and the implant integrates. Dental implants have excellent success rates of 98%. They are very safe to do when carried out by an implant surgeon and an excellent way of helping you to smile again as well as function and chew the food you enjoy.

Implants can also be used to stabilise dentures so that they no longer move around when you’re eating. How good is that?

Call us at Time Dental to see how we can help.