- Dental Implants -
Implants are used to help replace missing teeth. In the same way that a natural tooth is held in place by a root embedded in the jawbone, with an implant, a small medical grade titanium screw is placed into the same bone. The bone heals to the implant, allowing the final restoration to be attached.
Implants can be used in several different ways, giving great flexibility to their range of uses:
As crowns and bridges attached to implants are not removable, they allow patients to eat, drink, smile and talk confidently, as though they had no teeth missing at all. Missing teeth result in the gradual loss of bone and gums, and can look ageing. Placement of implants stimulates the jaw bone such that healthy structure is maintained, and the normal facial contours are retained.
Success rates of implants are good (usually of the order of 95%). The key to a successful implant is through assessment and planning. Neena Kumar carries out implant treatments within Heathwood Dental Practice. She has undertaken extensive training in this field and has a wealth of experience to apply to each patient.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Implants can only be placed into solid bone. After a tooth is taken out, the bone needs 3 to 6 months to heal. An implant can then be placed, under local anaesthetic. Another short healing period follows in which the bone accepts and integrates with the titanium implant. Subsequently, after also allowing the gum to heal around the implant, the final restoration can be securely attached to the implant.
Heathwood Dental Practice
1 Kings Road, Crowthorne,
Berkshire. RG45 7BF
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Neena is normally able to provide a free initial consultation to assess how an implant can be provided for you, as well as explain in further detail what appointments would be needed for the treatment. A full breakdown of costs will also be provided.