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Conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a strong foundation for bridges, dentures or a replacement tooth.
Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. The oseointegration process of the titanium implants in your jaw helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes.
What is involved in placing implants?
First, surgery is performed to place the anchor. Surgery can take up to several hours, and up to six months may be required for the bone to grow around the anchor to firmly hold it in place. Some implants require a second surgery where a post is attached and the anchor connects a replacement tooth. With other implants, the anchor and post are already attached and are placed at the same time.
After the gums have had several weeks to heal, the next step begins. The artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step can take one to two months to complete.
Am I a suitable candidate for implants?
Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by one of our qualified dentists, at a free consultation will help determine whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
A dental implant is generally the best method for replacing a missing tooth. If another treatment method is available to suit your personal circumstances, Creative Smiles can explore and discuss the options with you to help you make a well informed decision.
Alternative treatments like bridges can fill gaps by using adjacent teeth to support an artificial 'bridge'. The bridge will span an area where teeth are missing and attach to adjacent implants or an existing tooth.
Another advanced procedure is the All-On-4 treatment, which is revolutionising the way Creative Smiles replace missing teeth. Patients no longer need to worry about inconvenient dentures and uncomfortable dental prosthetic's. The All-On-4 Implant solution is a full arch restoration where patients can function as normal whilst enjoying the comfort and aesthetics similar to natural teeth.