Dental Implants

Dental Implants offer the most elegant way of replacing missing teeth. They are not always possible but when appropriate they are as close to the ‘real thing’ as you can get.

 

Significantly they are a ‘stand-alone’ solution that should inflict no damage on neighbouring teeth. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth, to support a bridge or to secure dentures.

 

A natural tooth has two main parts:

  – The crown (1) that sits above the gums

  – The root (2) that sits below the gumline

 

Implants have an implant crown (3) that sits above the gums. This i is carefully crafted to look and feel like a healthy, natural tooth that feels like part of you.

The implant crown is supported by the implant fixture (4) that sits below the gumline. This replaces the function of a natural root and, if looked after properly, could last a lifetime. It stimulates the bone (5) to attach to the titanium thread of the implant, providing a completely stable foundation for the new crown – a process known as osseointegration. It usually takes eight to twelve weeks for the bone to securely bond to the entire implant surface.

 

The gum (6) adapts to the contour of the implant crown.

Implant

Your journey from start to finish...

  1. Referral
    We refer our patients to a specialist practice that has been voted the ‘Best Implant Practice in the UK’. The Implant Centre has surgeries in Brighton and Haywards Heath.

  2. Consultation
    The Implant Centre will arrange a consultation with you directly. Afterwards, they with provide you with a written treatment plan and quote.

  3. Implant placement
    The Implant Centre will place the implant fixture. This should be left for 8-12 weeks before the final implant crown is secured in place. If necessary, they may place a temporary implant crown to avoid any unsightly gaps in your smile.

  4. Final implant restoration
    Once The Implant Centre are happy that a final implant restoration is suitable you are ready for the last step. You will have a choice of having the implant crown made and fitted by your regular dentist or The Implant Centre. Your dentist will use the same components and laboratory as the Implant Centre to ensure continuity and quality whilst minimising cost and allowing you to be seen at St Oswald’s Practice.