Missing teeth can affect your confidence, willingness to smile freely and also your ability to eat. At Bristol Dental Practice our implant surgeon Dr Jonathan Cochrane can quickly, and usually easily, replace your missing single tooth, or even a whole arch of missing teeth.
By providing you with fixed, natural-looking teeth, you will regain the confidence to smile widely and eat anything you want. Our patients often say that their dental implant treatment has been life-changing and has made a huge positive impact to their self-confidence, appearance and generally improve their quality of life.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw which acts as a replacement tooth (root) when a single tooth, multiple teeth or even all of your teeth are missing. Implants are carefully and precisely placed into the jawbone where surrounding bone will grow around and fuse onto the implant (via a process known as osseo-integration). This forms a strong foundation for the final tooth or teeth to then be secured.
Dental implants have previously been thought of as a last resort treatment. At Bristol Dental Practice we see things differently; we consider dental implants to be the standard of care for replacing missing teeth, for almost all situations we would recommend them. (However, we will inform you if there is a more suitable or lower cost alternative, e.g. a dental bridge).
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are fixed into jaw bone, and we can provide patients with implant treatments even where there is very little jaw structure available. This may be due to previous infection, long standing use of dentures, cancer or trauma.
The healing period after having an implant placed is in the region of 2 – 3 months, temporary restorations can be fitted during this time for your comfort and appearance. Once your implant(s) has successfully integrated, a couple of (non-invasive) appointments are then used to construct your final teeth.
How Dental Implants Are Used
In some cases a single implant can support two teeth, or a couple of implants can be used to support three teeth on a bridge.
If you are missing all of your teeth, overdentures can be made which will retain dentures in your mouth securely with the aid of a couple of implants and press studs. Alternatively, fixed bridges can be provided, which are not removable and can recreate a whole arch of missing teeth!
We balance innovation and technology in response to challenging cases, these developments have had a significant positive impact upon all the patients we treat. This makes our dental implant procedures more precise, effective and less invasive in fewer appointments.
There are very few people we are unable to help.
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Every case needs to be comprehensively assessed on an individual basis. The key to success with dental implants is attention to detail in both the planning and treatment phases. Providing dental implant treatment necessitates a long-term commitment; investing in the best surgical facilities, using only the most highly developed implant systems, utilising the latest imaging, manufacturing, and dental laboratory technologies, in addition to highly qualified clinicians who deal with implants daily.
We will support you with the best maintenance support available from our dental hygienists, and regular reviews with our implant surgeon, Dr Jonathan Cochrane. The benefits really are life changing. We often receive comments from our patients saying they wish they’d known about dental implants earlier!
If you are looking for a dental implants procedure in Bristol then contact Bristol Dental Practice today to book your initial consultation.