Dental Implants

Missing teeth can make you feel insecure and self conscious. Dental implants can offer a longer lasting solution to the problem. Unlike a denture or bridge an implant is a stronger, permanent restorative measure. That will last as long as you look after them, much like your natural teeth. A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that replaces the root of a missing tooth that is placed into the jawbone.

When you are deciding, or have decided to have an implant placed an information leaflet will be give to you to take home and have a look through. This information it made to help you to understand everything you need to know about the process of having an implanted placed.

During your first appointment x-ray and impressions will be taken. We take x-rays of the area we think an implant would benefit you best in order to see if there is enough bone in the area to allow for an implant. Sometimes, if the gap as been missing a tooth for a long time it can resorb meaning there is not enough bone to hold an implant. Similarly, if the tooth was extracted and the bone was damaged during the removal of the tooth, this can affect having a implant. So this is why we take an initial x-ray. We will also take impressions before you have your implant placed. Which are sent to a lab that make up models of your teeth. These are used to make sure that the bite position of your teeth would allow the enough space for an implant.

After having this initial examination, you may be refereed to another practise that takes a more in depth 3D scan.

After the scan is done the information will be sent back to the dentist and a discussion will take place. They will discuss whether the implant is visible. Whether it will functional and aesthetically benefit you. And discuss dates and time for you to come in and have it placed.

You will be given a routine course of antibiotics, usually Amoxycillin (500mg, 3 times daily), for a week starting 4 days prior to implant placement.

The placement of the implant is normally done during an evening appointment by Dr J Allsopp. The placement of the implant take about half an hour.

2 weeks after the implant is placed we will ask you to come back to the practise to check that everything looks sound with the implant. It takes about 6-10 weeks for integration of the implant to occur. After about two month we will ask you to come back to the practise again to start the reconstruction process.