What are dental implants?
Dental implants are strong, permanent and realistic replacements for missing teeth. Not surprisingly, they are becoming extremely popular with patients.
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are gently inserted into the jawbone. Over time the jawbone bonds with the titanium, providing what is in effect a false tooth root. A crown is placed on top of the implant.
The end result is a replacement tooth that is so comfortable and realistic you may even forget it's not one of your natural teeth!
How long will a dental implant take?
The actual implant placement surgery usually only takes around 15 minutes. The area around the implant is completely numbed up, so you won't feel anything. We have to use a drill, but it is very different from the high-pitched dental drills that so many people hate - all you will feel is a gentle vibration. If you are particularly nervous about the procedure, we can offer you sedation.
You do not have to have a gap in your teeth during treatment - we will be able to provide you with a comfortable, temporary replacement.
After your surgery, we will see you regularly to ensure that everything is healing well. After around 9-12 months, your implant should be completely integrated with your jaw bone, and we will be able to place your new crown, bridge or veneers.
Who will place my dental implant?
Dental implants are placed and restored by Susan Heselton who has completed a two year course in Implant Dentistry provided by the Royal College of Surgeons. Patients at The Chequers Dental Practice in Salisbury, Wiltshire are in very good hands.
For more information on how we can help with dental implants, then call us on 01722 329959.
This page was last updated on 07 of March 2012