What are implants?
- Metal screws which are placed in the jaw bone under the gum
- Crowns (porcelain teeth) or dentures are attached on top of the screw above the gum.
Who can get implants?
- Any one that has had teeth extracted or removed
- Any one who has teeth missing naturally.
- Anyone that wears a denture (full or partial)
Implants need cared for just like natural teeth. The must be brushed and cleaned every day. It is also important that you visit a hygienist regularly so that she can help you keep them clean. If they are not cared for they can get infected and cause pain and loss of the implant.
How are implants placed?
At the moment we do not have a dentist in the practice that places the implants. We can, however, assess you for implant placement and refer you to our implant colleague whom we work closely with.
The implant dentist will give you local anesthetic to make you numb, just like getting a filling. He will open the gum where the implant is to be located. He will lift the gum and create space in the jaw and fit the implant.. As you are numb, this will feel very similar to having a filling.
Once firmly in place he will stitch the gum covering the implant. The implant is then left to heal and the bone will grow round the screw joining it permanently to the jaw.
After a healing period, our dentist, Mr Hunter will provide you with a crown (porcelain tooth) or bridge that attaches on to the part of the screw that sits above the gum. This will look like a natural tooth. If you have no teeth, Mr Hunter will make you a denture that clips onto your implants.