Dental implants are a reliable long-term solution if you need to replace missing teeth. They’ve revolutionised dentistry and the lives of countless patients, enabling them to regain the full function of their teeth while preserving their facial aesthetics.
With dental implants, you can communicate with confidence and eat without difficulty. Let’s take a look at how they work and why they’re the preferred option for so many our patients.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum, allowing dentists to mount replacement teeth or bridges into that area. They fuse to the jawbone, providing stable support for artificial teeth. If you have a cosmetic crown, bridge or denture attached to implants, they won’t slip or shift in your mouth; they look, feel and function like your natural teeth.
Some people may need additional work to prepare for implant placement. You need healthy gums and sufficient bone structure, and to commit to scrupulous oral hygiene habits and regular visits to the dentist, to ensure the long-term success of your implants.
Advantages of Implants
Dental implants are more natural-looking and attractive than removable dentures. Here are some of the benefits they offer compared with traditional dentures and bridges:
- An authentic look and feel: Implants are strong, stable and function like regular teeth. When implanted, they match the colour of your teeth—no one would be able to tell the difference between your artificial and natural teeth!
- Long-term sustainability: Conventional tooth-supported dental bridges tend to last between 5 and 7 years. With correct care, implants need only minor adjustments and can last a lifetime.
- Growing healthy bone: Removable dentures have adverse affects and wear away ridges, decreasing the support necessary to keep them in place. Because dental implants act like natural teeth, they actually aid bone stimulation and growth.
- Retaining a natural face and smile: Prolonged use of dentures can change the shape of your face and smile. Dental implants help maintain your natural jaw and face structure because they fit and function like normal teeth.
Why Choose Implants
Over and above the medical benefits, there are practical and psychological factors that come with implants. The most obvious is that you don’t have to worry about your teeth falling out when talking, laughing or eating, which is often a worry for those with dentures.
Implants are maintained in the same way that you would care for natural teeth, so there’s no additional stress or added care routines to include in your daily oral hygiene habits.
In addition, implants allow you to speak with ease—you don’t have to adjust your speech, which can be the case with dentures. Furthermore, you’re able to experience the full taste of food without any discomfort.
Why Choose Elmsleigh House in Surrey
Our dental implant team is dedicated to ensuring that you receive high-quality treatment and that your dental implants are long-lasting, secure and look natural. We have more than 28 years of experience in placing dental implants and are trusted by over 500 dentists who refer their patients to us for treatment.
During the process, the dentist will drill a small hole into your jawbone, fit the implant into the socket and stitch back the gum. After 8 to 20 weeks—once the implant has fused to the bone—the implant is used as a base for a custom-made crown, bridge or denture that matches your natural teeth.
Tim Thackrah, practice principal and lead of the dental implant team at Elmsleigh House is an authority on dental implants and lectures other dentists about their correct placement. Tim has written a book on dental implants so all people can understand the range of options available to replace all, one or several missing teeth.
Listen to Tim talk about his book here:
To read a copy of Tim’s book, Click here , or receive his book for free when you book in for your half price dental implant consultation (half price offer until 31st August 2017).
Here’s what some of our dental implant patients have to say about our expert treatment, and how they benefitted from the procedure:
Before and After Care
We have placed dental implants in people from age 17 to 96! We provide prospective patients with an hour-long consultation so our implant team can access your oral health and make sure you’re able to receive dental implants. Our friendly and welcoming dentists are all highly skilled and adhere to the Training Standards for Implant Dentistry.
After explaining the proposed treatment and discussing any concerns, your dentist will supply you with an upfront treatment option plan, as well as outline all the costs involved. If you’re nervous about dental procedures, they can arrange a sedation option to ensure your visit is as stress-free as possible.
Elmsleigh House Implant Guarantee
Our dental and orthodontic teams follow excellent dental procedures outlined by the General Dental Council (GDC) “Standards for Dental Professionals”. We guarantee that the initial treatment costs described after your consultation will not change, which means there are no hidden costs.
Because we care about the long-lasting oral health of our patients, we only offer dental implants if they’re a sustainable solution for you. If you’re not able to receive immediate dental implants, we’ll customise an implant process to suit your needs and ensure your procedure is successful.
At Elmsleigh House we always treat our patients with respect and only use high-quality, well-researched implant systems. Where possible, we adjust and fit temporary false teeth to minimise gaps and self-consciousness during the healing process.
We’re dedicated to ensuring your replacement teeth are natural looking and durable. If you feel self-conscious about your smile, then let our experienced team of dental practitioners help you find the perfect solution to brighten your smile, regain your confidence and communicate with ease.
You can download our free infographic for a detailed look at the differences between implants and dentures here, or book a half price dental implant consultation until 31st August and let our team advise you which treatment is best.