Implants

Why Dental Implants?

Life leaves traces, including on the teeth – an accident playing sport or a fall can leave a gap in your smile at any stage of life. Broken down teeth, tooth decay and gum disease can cost you whole rows of teeth over the years all of which can cause a stressful situation. But facing a tooth gap is now unnecessary. Dental Implants are the optimal solution, are highly developed and used all over the world, tried and tested a million times over.

The small titanium bodies are artificial high-tech tooth roots that become part of the jaw. They are as firm as if they were part of you and provide a stable base for tooth crowns, larger bridges or dentures.

Implant borne teeth are virtually identical to you own, they have a completely natural feel and function just like you own teeth. No flapping dentures, no need to damage healthy neighbouring teeth to fix bridges in place. Dental Implants offer a secure solution for every age and for every situation.

Gain confidence and quality of life with implants and have an attractive smile along with enjoying good food again!

A dental implant on its own is only half the story. An implant is required to provide support for a crown or bridge, which, once in place, will look, feel and function like a natural tooth. Where crowns can be fitted to the remains of a tooth that has been broken or partially decayed, when the tooth is missing altogether your dentist needs to provide a post to fix the crown to. This is the dental implant.

Following a detailed series of examinations and x-rays, a titanium post is implanted into the jaw bone in the location of the missing tooth. The bone integrates with dental implants to provide a strong and stable platform for the new crown or bridge.

Treatment Procedure

Step One – A thorough examination

The first step is a discussion with Ian McDonnell BDS, (pictured) who has a special interest in implantology. Ian will answer all your questions and form a tailored plan for your needs. A thorough dental examination will be carried out and x-rays taken to check the condition of the bone tissue and determine the placement of the implant. A detailed written treatment plan and estimate will be drawn up and sent out to you.

Step Two – Placing the Implant

There are two options depending on your clinical situation and the dentist will inform you of which option would be the more suitable for you.

In a one-step procedure, the implant is placed and a healing cap is attached.
In a two-step procedure, the implant is placed and then covered by the gum, with the healing cap being attached at a later date.

In both cases, a temporary tooth or denture is put in place. In a normal healing process the implants will be fully integrated into the upper jaw after about four months and three months in the lower jaw. The implant can be easily placed under local anaesthetic, you will feel a little vibration and slight pressure, but no pain.

Step Three – Attaching the healing cap

The second part of a two-step procedure involves making a minor incision in the gum to uncover the head of the implant and attaching the healing cap. The gum is then left to heal fully for about 8 weeks.

Step Four – Producing the teeth

An impression of the implant will be taken and your new teeth will be carefully be crafted by dental technicians. Special care is given to ensuring the right colour and shape is achieved so that your new teeth look like your own.

More Information

For more information, visit www.implantsforlife.com

Phone us on 0141 942 6523 or click here to request a consultation with Ian

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