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A gap in your smile can negatively affect your confidence and self-image

A gap in your smile can negatively affect your confidence and self-image. The loss of a tooth can also impact the function of your bite and may even result in adjacent teeth being compromised by shifting position and becoming more vulnerable to decay, chipping and cracking. Dental implants offer a permanent, proven solution to missing teeth.

An implant is basically a custom-made, artificial tooth made of either ceramic or titanium (the same material used to heal broken bones). The artificial tooth is fixed to a titanium post implanted into the jaw bone. Implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth and can last a lifetime with proper care.

Dental implants can be used to:

What does the process involve?

Although every individual is different, there are generally four steps in the process of having a dental implant.

Step 1: Initial consultation

The first step is to determine the condition of your general and oral health, to ensure you are a good candidate for dental implants. At this stage, you’ll be given an individualised treatment plan with schedules and timeframes.

Step 2: Implant placement

The second step is to insert the titanium implant into the jaw bone where your new tooth will be placed. The implant is then allowed to bond together with the bone – this may take between six weeks and nine months, depending on the individual. During this time, we can provide you with a temporary tooth if required. Please note that charges for the temporary teeth are not included in implant prices and will be quoted separately.

Step 3: Extension placement

If required by the case, the next step is to attach an extension to the implant for your new tooth to be snugly fitted in place. We generally allow a few weeks for the gums to heal after this process before fitting your new tooth.

Step 4: Crown placement

The final step is to secure your new tooth (the crown) in place. Your completed implant will look and feel so natural; you’ll forget you ever had a missing tooth.

Your comfort is our top priority

It’s normal to feel apprehensive before a dental procedure such as an implant. But at Greenhithe Dental Boutique, you can relax knowing you’re in the very best hands. Soft music, warm scented towels, aromatherapy, DVDs and blankets are just a few of the extra luxuries we provide as part of our service.

We can also talk through pain relief options to ensure your comfort is optimal throughout your procedure. For more information about dental implants, contact our friendly staff today.

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