Dental Implants Larkfield & West Malling.

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Dental Implants:

Dental ImplantsImplants are used to support one of more false teeth. An implant is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth that has failed. Just like a tooth root, it is placed in the jawbone.

Implants have now been used in dentists for a number of years and are a safe and long lasting way to replace missing teeth. If looked after properly an implant should last for a number of years.

Implants are carried out on the premises by Michel Heidweiller our implant specialist. In order to place implants it is necessary to ensure that there is enough bone in your jaw for the implant to be placed into. This will mean that if you are considering implants the dentist will take x-rays to fully assess the bone levels.

If you do decide to go ahead with the treatment, most implants are placed under local anaesthetic so you will not feel any pain. There may however be some discomfort in the following week as the bone heals around the implant.

The initial appointment to place the implant will normally take an hour. The root structure of an implant is constructed with a titanium screw. At the first treatment appointment, an incision in the gum is made and the screw is implanted into your natural bone. Your gum is then sutured, covering the screw.

At the next appointment, an abutment is fitted over the top of the screw. The abutment is needed as it is used to support the crown and to hold it in place. The crown is then fitted over the top, to create a comfortable replacement which looks just like a real tooth.

Once the crown or denture is fitted, you can treat the implant like a normal tooth. This includes brushing and interdentally cleaning.

There are a number of advantages to having implants including:
If an implant is needed to replace a single tooth there is no need to affect the teeth on either side as you would have to with a bridge.
Dentures can make it difficult to eat or speak, with implants teeth are securely fixed to the bone and so movement is reduced
In the long term if looked after implants can be more cost effective.