Dental Implants

Find the confidence to smile again

It’s easy to lose confidence in your smile if you’re worried about exposing gaps from missing teeth. The good news is dental implants provide a permanent, natural-looking replacement for teeth you have lost.

What is a dental implant?

Dental Implant

A dental implant is a screw or cylinder (between 8mm-16mm long) most commonly made from surgical grade titanium which is most compatible with your biology. It is inserted into your jaw to hold a new replacement tooth in place, functioning much like the roots of your normal teeth.

A special attachment, called the abutment, is fitted to the top of the implant. This is what holds your new replacement tooth (crown) or teeth (bridge or denture) firmly in place.

Where dental implants are used to affix dentures, there is no need for special glues to hold them in place. The implant provides a firm grip that will never slip, rub, or affect your ability to speak or eat properly.

How are implants fitted?

Dental implants are a specialised field oral surgery. To prepare your jaw to receive the implant, your dental surgeon will completely numb the area to ensure you are pain-free throughout the procedure. A small incision will then be made in your gum before your oral surgeon drills a small hole into your jaw to receive the implant.

Once the implant is in place a small healing abutment is fitted, your gum is sutured and the site will be left to heal from 3-6 months before your replacement tooth is fitted. This allows the bone and gum to fully heal and provide the required stability to support your new teeth.

In some cases where the jaw bone has diminished due to long-term missing teeth, dental wear, periodontal disease, ageing or injury, it may be necessary to undergo a bone-grafting technique prior to the implant surgery. Your dentist will advise you if this may be required after examining your initial x-rays.

Looks and feels like natural teeth

Your new teeth will be matched to blend the shape and colour of your existing teeth for seamless integration. They will function just like your natural teeth, allowing you to chew, speak and smile with confidence.