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Dental Implants

What are implants?

Implants are one way of replacing missing teeth, often described as ‘the most natural way to replace a tooth’. A post is placed in the jaw bone to support a replacement tooth. This acts like the root of a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to support fixed bridges or dentures.

Implant treatment normally has two stages. First, the implant is placed in the jaw. Then, when the jaw has healed, replacement teeth are attached to the implant. In some situations it is possible for temporary teeth to be attached to an implant at the time of fitting.

Would implants be right for me?

First, you should decide whether implants could be right for you. Contact us to arrange an implant consultation with our dentist Mr Farhoudi and our visiting implantologist Mr Ordi. They will let you know the possibilities to replace your missing tooth. Our team will be only too happy to help you with any questions you may have.

You might have more than one implant. The replacement teeth might be fixed permanently (like a crown or bridge) or attached in a way which lets you remove them for cleaning (like a denture).

Here at Spicer Road we use the Straumann Implant System.

If you decide to go ahead, this is what will happen.

  • Implants are placed in the jaw and the gum is stitched so that it heals around the implant. This procedure is completed with a local anesthetic
  • Under the gum the bone then grows round the implant to hold it firm. This takes several months
  • After several months a crown will be placed onto the implant.
  • Following the placement of an implant it is very important to keep regular 6 month examinations with your dentist and hygienist.