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Dental implants: a beginner’s guide to replacing your missing teeth

August 15, 2016

Dental implants are an excellent, permanent method of replacing missing teeth. Whether you’ve lost a single tooth, some teeth, or even all of your teeth, at Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic in Farnham our skilled implantology team can help.

Read on to discover more about dental implants for tooth replacement, and get in touch with us at our Farnham clinic if you have any further questions about implant treatment.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Made from titanium, they are placed in direct contact with your jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure, carried out here in the comfort of our modern Farnham clinic. One implant and a crown can be used to replace a single missing tooth, whilst a series of implants and bridges or dentures can replace some or all of your natural teeth.

Surgery? Does it hurt?

No. At our Farnham dental clinic we can place dental implants under either local anaesthetic or sedation. Because of the intricate planning that goes on prior to implant placement, the actual procedure is fairly simple from a patient’s perspective.

The majority of patients at our Farnham clinic only need local anaesthetic for this procedure, but if you are at all nervous or anxious about dental treatment, we offer a range of sedation options.

Can I have my new teeth right away?

This will depend on your individual circumstances. To maximise your implants’ chances of success, the process of osseointegration needs to take place. This involves your jaw bone fusing with the titanium implant to provide exceptional support for your new teeth.

In appropriate circumstances we can place “immediate teeth” at our Farnham clinic. This means preparatory work, dental implant placement, the creation and fitting of a temporary bridge or crown all happens on the same day. Permanent new teeth will be attached once osseointegration is complete.

Can dental implants end my denture woes?

Yes. By either stabilising your dentures with dental implants, or fixing a full-arch dental bridge to your implants, you can once again enjoy the benefits of a healthy jaw of teeth.

Treatment eliminates problems with:

  • Speech
  • Dietary restrictions
  • Confidence


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