Dr Andy Tannahill - Dental Implants Specialist - Scarborough

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small man-made titanium screw that serves as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw and a specially modified surface allows a biological bond (osseointegration) to form with the bone. This gives the same stable foundation as a natural tooth. After the implant is placed, usually some time elapses during healing. New teeth can now be connected to them, and the gum shaped to encourage the best desired cosmetic outcome.

Who is suitable for dental implants?

Anyone who is in (or who has) good general health can usually have implants placed. However if you have a smoking or heavy drinking habit, then this will increase the problems with healing and may affect the long term viability of the treatment.

How many teeth can be supported by Dental Implants?

Where the bone quality and volume is good, up to 2 implants can support 4 teeth.

Is placing implants painful?

Sedation is available for nervous patients. Placing implants requires a small operation. This is carried out under local anaesthetic. The placement is therefore painless. After the operation some patients do experience minor discomfort. Pre and post operative medication is given to aid a more comfortable recovery. Most discomfort is due to stitches which are removed 1 week later.

How long will it take?

Planning the treatment is the most crucial stage. Planning stages take around 2-3 weeks, and includes a case presentation where I will discuss every aspect of your treatment at length before beginning. You are welcome to bring a family member or friend along. Implant treatment can vary from 4-6 months up to about 2 years depending on complexity.

Will I have gaps during treatment?

Proper planning allows for the provision of a denture or a removable bridge, so that patients will be able to function normally. After surgery however there may be discomfort, when wearing a denture. It is sometimes necessary to leave an area with newly placed implants free from loading.

Is implant treatment expensive?

Implant treatment can be a significant investment, but it is an investment in yourself and your quality of life.

All costs are clearly set out, and installments can be used as a way of making the treatment more affordable. In this way we can cater for different budgets.

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