A versatile solution to tooth loss: dental implants

Concept Image of a Dental ImplantDental implants are a versatile treatment, with different types of dental implant treatments available for every possible tooth replacement need. From a sporting accident where you lose a single tooth, to loss of every tooth from poor dental health, dental implants can help. Dentists at Enhance Dental in Leeds will review your particular condition and discuss your options with you. Once everyone is in agreement, they can apply the most appropriate dental implant treatment.

Single tooth dental implants

A common need for dental implants is usually because of an accident or trauma where a single tooth has been lost.

The first step of the dental implant procedure is a discussion with your dentist to this is the right course of treatment for you. A thorough dental examination follows this. The jaw is then x-rayed to check the condition of the bone tissue and to determine the exact placement of the dental implant. An impression is made of the existing teeth and jaw, which forms an important platform for the dental implant treatment.

The implant placement

The implants are placed directly into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that is made as comfortable as possible using local anaesthetic. Following the implant placement procedure, the implants are left to heal for a period of 3 to 9 months so that the bone can grow around them to form a strong bond. This healing period is fundamental to the success of the dental implant treatment.

The creation of your new smile

A series of appointments will be needed to take impressions of your teeth and the implant abutments – connections that link your implant to your replacement teeth. The appropriate shade will be selected for your replacement teeth, which will be made by a dental technician in a laboratory.

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Sounds painful!

Generally, having implants fitted is not painful. For nervous patients, sedation can make the process more relaxing, while local anaesthetic numbs the pain. The after effects of having implants placed are usually mild and may include slight bruising, dull aching or swelling, but none of these effects should last more than a few days.