At Oxley Park Dental Practice we can give you the perfect smile by placing implants in any gaps you might have. We also have a 0% finance facility to help you budget and spread the cost. Just give us a call for an illustration.
What is a Dental Implant?
An implant is a titanium fixture which is placed within the jaw bone in the area of the gap in your mouth. This implant then integrates with the jaw bone (takes a few months – usually 3 months) and a fixture is then placed on the implant and looks just like your natural teeth. It is the surrounding bone that gives a tooth support – but when a tooth is lost, that all important bone is gradually lost too. Therefore the earlier an implant is placed the more bone can be saved; all of which is crucial in maintaining a youthful appearance.
We will discuss your exact requirements, implant treatment plan and costs with you in detail should you require an implant.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
A dental implant can be used to replace any missing tooth or teeth. Sometimes implants may be placed to support a denture or false teeth. This is very useful if you have dentures that don’t fit very well and move around or hurt when you eat. This treatment would change the quality of your social life and you would once again be able to chew your food with confidence and not have to worry about your false teeth falling out in company!
Are Dental Implants safe and how long will they last?
Implants are usually made from materials such as titanium which is readily accepted by the tissues of the body.
Present day implants, based on scientific evidence, have shown a very high success rate. Like natural teeth they will last for many years, as long as they are well looked after.
Does it hurt?
Only a minor operation is needed to place an implant. This is usually carried out with local anaesthetic. After the operation, most patients report minor discomfort similar to that associated with a simple tooth extraction. This is easily controlled by analgesics.
Is the treatment expensive?
The cost reflects the skill and training required for successful implants.
Building new teeth onto implants is comparable to crowns and bridges.
The expense must, however, be evaluated against the extra quality of life that implants can produce.
Since treatment depends on many variable factors in each individual case it is not possible to offer a “scale of fees”. In addition to the costs of surgery there may in certain cases be costs for hospitals and anaesthetists.
Our implant team will be able to advise on the cost in your particular case before you commence treatment.
Do I have to go without teeth during this time?
No. You can use your existing replacement teeth as soon as they can be worn comfortably. These can be used (with some modification if necessary) until your new teeth are ready.
How do I know if implants are right for me?
If you are in good health, whatever your age, and you have enough bone to support an implant, you are probably suitable. You will need to see our implant team who will check your medical history and examine your mouth and jaw. X-rays and models will be needed. We will then have the knowledge needed to assess your suitability for implants.
Some patients are extremely nervous, and it is our aim at Oxley Park Dental Practice to provide anxiety free dentistry. To this end, we offer sedation.
Front tooth being replaced by an implant
Back tooth being replaced by an implant