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What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small screw made from titanium that is placed into your upper or lower jaw. This acts as the root part of your natural missing tooth. The implant is able to fuse with the bone in your jaw over time and be held in a solid position to allow us to place a tooth, bridge or over denture.

Implants are designed to replace single or multiple missing teeth. They can also be used to aid stabilisation of dentures.

Why are implants a good long term solution for the replacement of teeth?

Dental implants work to replace missing teeth due to reasons including sports injury, accident, wear and tear, decay, gum disease or simply teeth which are naturally missing.

The implant is a fixed device that is extremely stable over many years. Once placed no adjustment is needed.

Without the root structure of a natural tooth present the jawbone can shrink. This can make your face look older.

As soon as the implant is fitted you will not have to worry about the restoration 'feeling loose' or falling out, it is secure and safe. You will be able to enjoy all varieties of food and speak with confidence.

The implant is the closest replacement to a natural tooth, it is made to blend in with your natural teeth and bring back your smile.

Is the treatment painful?

Placing an implant involves a small surgical procedure. The treatment is usually carried out under local anaesthesia, if you feel you are a nervous patient, you can choose to have sedation which Dr Kalsi can discuss with you at the initial consultation. Once the procedure is completed you may feel some discomfort for a few days while the healing occurs.

How much do dental implants cost and how can I pay this amount?

The price of dental implants vary on a number of factors including:

Dr Kalsi will provide you will a written treatment plan and estimate after a thorough examination and discussion with you.

Here at Sheen Dental we try to make treatment easy and affordable and we offer a range of payment options including finance.

Are there any risks included?

The procedure is minimally invasive, which means the risks are kept as low as possible. Some patients who have a known medical condition that may interfere with the healing process of their soft tissues or bones will be more carefully assessed with Dr Kalsi to discuss the risks and benefits.

How successful are dental implants?

Long term studies of dental implants confirm high success rates of over 95% for individual implant placements. Just like natural teeth dental implants require regular maintenance with a hygienist and examination with Dr Kalsi. Making sure you attend these review appointments will affect how long your implants last. However good treatment planning and correct insertion of the dental implant is one of the most important requirements for long term success.

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