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Dental implants are essentially, replacements for your natural tooth root. They are made from a mixture of biocompatible metals that bond with your jawbone over a period of months.
Once that bonding process is complete, an abutment is connected to the implant, and then a crown, bridge or dentures depending on the type of system you have opted for.
In some instances, such as with All-on-4, you can have new teeth on the same day your implants are placed.
The first step is coming in to see us at White Smiles. We’ll have a chat with you about your dental concerns and smile goals, then complete an examination of your jaw, gums, oral tissues and teeth.
We may need you to have a special scan to determine your jaw bone density. If you do not have enough bone to support implants we can discuss bone grafting and similar procedures which can enable the implant treatment to go ahead.
The Implant Procedure
After you have had the appropriate local anaesthetic, and elected sedation if requested beforehand, we will place your implants. It is an extremely precise, well-planned procedure and you’re unlikely to notice any discomfort at the time.
Once the implants are in place, we will provide you with a detailed plan for aftercare to ensure you recover well. We may also add any temporary crowns or bridges if that is part of your plan.
You can return to work as soon as two days after your surgery. It is then a case of waiting for your implant to bond with your jaw bone, which can take a few months.
Once the implant has successfully bonded with the bone, you can complete treatment. We do this by creating custom dentures, bridges or crowns that are designed to fit in seamlessly with the rest of your mouth.
The way your implants are maintained following treatment is essential to keeping them in great condition. We recommend White Smiles supports that process with regular hygienist appointments.
Our friendly and knowledgeable team would love to discuss how we can help you.
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