By using dental implants, a dentist can replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth. Simply Teeth in Essex offers a number of implant-based solutions to tooth loss, from a simple single implant and crown placement to a more complex full-mouth restoration using dentures or a dental bridge.
Dental implants are the only way that a dentist can replace the root portions of lost teeth. Tooth roots aren’t just essential for keeping your teeth in your mouth, they also help to preserve the health and strength of your jaw bone, which can suffer when several teeth are missing.
How dental implant treatment works
Dental implants are made from titanium, and are placed directly in contact with your jaw bone during minor oral surgery, which can be carried out under local anaesthetic or dental sedation at our Essex clinic.
Once the dental implants are in place, a process known as osseointegration begins, which sees the implants mesh with the jaw bone, creating a strength similar to that of natural tooth roots. When healing is complete, a permanent bridge, crown, or denture will be attached to abutments on top of your implants.
Some patients at Simply Teeth Essex who require full arch (jaw) restoration, for example to end problems with loose-fitting traditional dentures, are suitable for a procedure called All-on-4. This sees four dental implants being placed in the jaw, and immediately loaded with functional teeth. This may be your modified existing denture, or a new one.
After approximately six months you will be called back to our Essex dental practice to have your permanent new teeth fitted. All-on-4 is a good option for patients who have already experienced some bone loss, because it utilises the bone you do have.
In other cases, it is best to leave the dental implants to heal for a few months. Your Essex implant dentist may fit temporary teeth during this time.
Once your dental implants have healed and been restored with permanent new teeth, you will be able to eat what you like, speak and smile with confidence – and no fear of your teeth slipping.