I just wanted to say thank you to everyone involved in my treatment of the last year or so. It was a challenging procedure for me, physically and emotionally. Your entire team has made it as comfortable as possible with professionalism, discretion and support. Thank you all.
Teeth can be lost as a result of trauma, decay, gum disease or old age. Whether you need to have one or several teeth replaced, or require support for a full denture, dental implants are the modern, effective and long-term solution.Request an appointment now...
As resource for the local people of Chalfont St Giles, Bucks we have created this page providing you with information, guidance and advice on replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
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The implant consists of a small screw or cylinder made of high quality surgically pure titanium. A small hole is carefully drilled into the jawbone and the implant is inserted. Over the next two to four months, the implant heals and integrates, with new bone cells growing over the surface of the titanium and 'locking' it into place – a process known as 'osseointegration'. When the implant is strong enough, a crown, bridge or denture is fixed to the top. The implant behaves like a new tooth root in the jaw.
Once we have decided to go ahead with dental implants the entire process normally takes between four and six months. This is broken down into stages as follows:
It normally takes a couple of weeks for the diagnostic and planning phases, this involves creating study models and liaising closely with the dental laboratory to discuss the exact placement of the dental implant.
The placement of the dental implants will usually be completed in one appointment varying from anything from a couple of hours to a full day if you are having a full mouth of implants placed.
The healing phase is the longest part of the process typically taking between four and six months. This is when the dental implant fully integrates with the bone of your jaw to become one complete unit.
Once the implant has integrated It can be uncovered and impressions taken for the final restorative phase , which can last approximately 3 weeks depending upon the type of restoration you're having placed over the dental implants.
Normally yes. We are generally able to provide you with a temporary restoration/denture to enable you to smile confidently whilst your new dental implant is integrating into the bone. Sometimes this temporary restoration is fixed and sometimes it will be removable, it all depends upon your individual situation.
If you are concerned about how you will look during the implant process and whether you will have a temporary restoration, please do ask our dentist when you come for your initial consultation.
In many instances dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth as they support the bone structure and gums, however there are also two additional options which you may like to consider:
Dental bridges can be a cost-effective option and also highly aesthetic. However, they do often involve trimming of the adjacent teeth, either side of the space, to make way for the supporting tooth to replace the missing tooth. This means that in order to replace one single tooth three teeth have to be incorporated into the new bridge.
Whilst dentures are more conservative than bridges, as they don't require a reduction of the adjacent teeth, many people don't like the idea of having a removable appliance.
This is why dental implants are often considered the best option for many people.Implant Case Review – Sports Accident Restoration
This young female patient had lost a front tooth as a result of a sports accident and decided to have the tooth replaced at our dental practice in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire. The problem was further compounded by poor quality surgery for the extraction. The result was significant bone loss and a tissue defect causing serious aesthetic problems. (There was hardly any bone or gum and this would have meant a very long, unsightly tooth). She came to us hoping for a miracle!
This was a complex and demanding case but it was successfully treated over fourteen months with a block bone graft, tissue plastic surgery, and implant plus crown. She was delighted and now has her lovely smile back again.