An introduction to dental implants


As a nation we are known for our dental problems. Nowadays dentists are treating a larger number of patients than ever before for damaged teeth, alignment issues and also for cosmetic purposes. Damaged teeth are one of the main problems that dentists face on a daily basis. There are a number of ways in which teeth get permanently damaged and this includes diet and lifestyle, environmental factors and poor hygiene. Increasingly as a result of this more and more people are requiring false teeth. If you feel that you need teeth replaced then visit UK Dental Specialists in St Albans where our expert staff will be able to provide you with professional and friendly advice.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants St Albans are a form of tooth replacement which is more commonly favoured above other forms of tooth replacement therapies that are available. The main reason for this is because dental implants St Albans can be used for a single tooth replacement or for multiple teeth replacement. Dental implants St Albans give patients flexibility in choosing the number of teeth they wish to replace.

Dental implants are essentially titanium screws that are inserted into the jawline once the original natural tooth root has been removed. The titanium screw will then support the false tooth that will be placed on top of the implant.

What happens at the consultation?

At your initial consultation our dentist will examine the extent of damage to your tooth or teeth, if there are multiple teeth that require replacement, and discuss with you the options that are available to you. Our dentist will then perform X-rays to determine whether the jawbone is suited to accept the implant. They will take impressions of your teeth if that is the case and if you are happy to go ahead with the procedure and start the treatment. As dental implants are not available on the NHS the dentist will discuss payment plan options that are available to you. If you require more information on this please speak to our dentist at the consultation.

At the second appointment our dentist will begin the procedure and will insert the titanium screw into the jawbone. You will be given sedation and local anaesthetic to numb the area and to ensure that you do not suffer any discomfort during the procedure. You are likely to have some discomfort for the first couple of days after the procedure is done, but this is to be expected and we will prescribe you painkillers.

Once the jaw has had a chance to heal and the titanium screw has fused with the jawbone you will be invited to attend your follow up appointment, where the replacement tooth will be placed onto the titanium screw. This will then enable you to have full use of your teeth and you will be able to eat and drink as normal.

It is important that you maintain and take care of your dental implants in the same way as you would your natural teeth.