NHS Dentist Welling Kent Bellegrove Dental Surgery

201 Bellegrove Road, Welling, Kent, DA16 3RA

Dental implants in Welling, Kent

Modern solution to replace missing teeth

Dental implants offer a permanent solution for missing teeth and are considered the gold standard in modern tooth replacement. Composed of a titanium post that fuses with the jawbone and a crown that is customised to match your natural teeth, implants are designed to provide a durable, stable, and visually appealing solution.

Why choose dental implants?

Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. Here are several benefits of choosing dental implants:

  • Looks and feels like natural teeth: Implants are strong and stable, restoring a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits, and functions like a natural tooth.
  • Long-lasting and reliable: With proper care and maintenance, implants last as long as conventional restorations on teeth, with predictable outcomes.
  • Improved oral health: Unlike tooth-supported bridges, dental implants do not require reducing other teeth, as nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant.
  • Improved bone and facial features: Dental implants preserve natural tooth tissue by avoiding the need to cut down adjacent teeth for conventional bridgework. They also help preserve bone and significantly reduce bone resorption and deterioration that results in loss of jawbone height.
  • Improved comfort and confidence: Implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures and improve your confidence as they do not slip or shift while you talk, eat, and smile.

How do dental implants look like?

Crown – The crown is the part of the implant that looks like a tooth. It is usually made of porcelain or ceramic that can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth. The crown is attached to the abutment and is the visible part that provides the aesthetic and functional characteristics of a natural tooth.

Abutment – The abutment is a connector, often made of titanium, gold, or porcelain. It is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support the crown. The abutment is a crucial piece as it serves as the link between the implant and the crown, providing stability and support.

Implant – The implant itself acts as the root of the new tooth. It’s a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gum line. This post integrates with the bone over time, providing a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

Our implants procedure

The dental implant process is a multistep procedure that involves:

  1. Initial consultation: Assessment of your oral health, discussion about your needs and the development of a tailored treatment plan.
  2. Implant placement: Surgical insertion of the implant into the jawbone, performed under local anaesthesia or sedation.
  3. Healing period: The implant integrates with the bone over several months in a process known as osseointegration.
  4. Abutment placement: Once healed, an abutment is placed on the implant to hold the crown.
  5. Crown attachment: A custom-made crown is then attached to the abutment for a natural appearance.

Frequently asked questions - Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, typically made from titanium, that provide a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth. They are an effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth, failing teeth, or chronic dental problems.

How do dental implants work?

The implant, which is a titanium screw, is placed into the jawbone to substitute the root part of a missing tooth. After the implant integrates with your bone, a process that can take a few months, a crown is placed on top to simulate an actual tooth.

Are dental implants safe?

Yes, dental implants are widely considered a safe and routine dental procedure. They are one of the most thoroughly documented techniques in dental research with a high success rate.

How successful are dental implants?

The success rate of dental implants varies, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 95%.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. The crown attached to the implant may need to be replaced due to wear and tear but typically lasts about 10 to 15 years.

Do dental implants require special care?

Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups. No additional special care is necessary.

Are dental implants noticeable?

No, dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. The visible crown is made to match the colour and shape of your surrounding teeth.

Is the dental implant procedure painful?

Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. Local anaesthesia can be used during the procedure, and most patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction.

What is the recovery time for dental implants?

The recovery time varies from person to person but typically, you might expect to feel some discomfort, which can be treated with ordinary pain medication for a few days after the surgery.

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