Implants, Ashford, Kent
The importance of our teeth becomes apparent when we lose one or more of them, or when their replacement in the form of conventional bridges or dentures causes problems. An implant is used to replace a missing tooth.
What is a dental implant ?
A dental implant is a small tooth/screw made of titanium, a well tolerated metal that integrates readily with the body. Intolerance only occurs in very rare cases. An implant consists of a post (i.e. titanium root) which is inserted into the gum. An artificial tooth is then attached to the post.
Dental Implants are the modern way to replace missing teeth. They are durable, long lasting and made to appear as if they emerge naturally from the gum. Implants have the longest life and best success rate of any dental treatment. A dental implant consists mainly of two parts, the ‘screw or post’ acting as the root of the tooth, and the crown. The implant ‘post’ is made of titanium which osseointegrates to the surrounding bone. The porcelain crown is then attached to the post. Nowadays an implant-retained crown is virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth.
What can dental implants be used for ?
They can be used :
- If gum disease has resulted in tooth loss.
- If you have had an accident whether in sport or in normal life that has resulted in tooth loss.
- If you have missing teeth already and wish to increase the number of your teeth for function or cosmetic reasons.
If you wear dentures, implants can support a denture to create an anchor so that the denture stays firmly in place. Implants can be placed as a single tooth unit or as a bridge if there a larger space to fill.
How can I be assessed for implants?
The first stage is a short consultation with our Implantologist. In this appointment you have the opportunity to chat through your dental requirements, get an overview of your treatment journey, the options available, what is involved and an overview of costs.
If I want to proceed what happens next?
If you are happy with the implant options we present, we will arrange an appointment where you will have a clinical assessment to check your suitability and to take necessary x-rays and measurements in order to provide you with a complete treatment plan.
If I am happy with my treatment plan what are the next stages ?
If the treatment plan meets your requirements our implant team will book all the appointments you need to complete your implant journey and be a buddy support throughout all of your treatment and aftercare.
Many of our patients regret only one thing – that they didn’t decide to have the treatment earlier - “I should have done it years ago”.