What are dental implants?
Dental implants look and act like your own teeth. They are usually made of pure titanium and are small root shaped structures which are placed gently and carefully into the bone. They are generally left undisturbed for 2-3 months whilst your own bone grows onto the surface of the implant. Once this has occurred, we can then construct a specially designed abutment and porcelain bonded crown to restore your missing teeth. We can use implants to replace one tooth or a complete set of teeth. (see below "teeth in one day")
If you have teeth missing, then one option to restore the space is a bridge. This utilizes the neighbouring teeth which are crowned to support the false tooth in the gap. This is a fixed option and is cemented to the supporting teeth. This is a good long term solution, but does require the removal of much of the tooth's structure.
"I had my dental implants fitted in one day! I had the best care and I still can't believe how fantastic my teeth look now. I highly recommend it"
Dentures are a long established solution to tooth loss and can replace all or some missing teeth. Modern dentures are extremely realistic and generally far more comfortable than they used to be. However, they still need to be removed for cleaning and are not as stable as a fixed bridge.
Dental implants require a small surgical operation but will provide a fixed solution to any missing teeth. This means they will feel just like an actual tooth replacement and are cared for in exactly the same way as your real teeth.
How do I Choose?
At the Brighton Dental Implant Centre, we will discuss all the available options with you and our implant clinic will help choose the best option suitable for you.
Am I suitable for Dental implants?
At the initial consultation we will carry out a detailed examination of your mouth to assess your suitability for implants. With modern day techniques, here at the Brighton Dental Implant Centre, we have found very few people who are not suitable for implants.
Teeth in one day?
In the past, having many teeth replaced with dental implants could be a lengthy process. At the Brighton Dental Implant Centre, you can now have a full set of replacement teeth on a fixed bridge, all in one day! We work very closely with our technician to ensure that you leave our surgery with your new dental implants in place, by the end of the same day. If teeth require extraction, this is done at the same time as the dental implants are placed. We welcome your call to find out more.
Will Dental implants last a lifetime?
Some dental implants have been in the mouth for over thirty years. Their longevity is based upon numerous variables, such as your health and proper maintenance.
Can anyone have Dental implants?
Health is the determining factor. Many of our more elderly patients are a better surgical risk than someone years younger suffering with poor general health. Older individuals are more likely to need dental implants because they have lost more teeth and have lost more supporting ridges and this procedure offers a great solution. A full assessment will always be our first stage in your care.
Will there be discomfort?
As with any surgery, there may be some discomfort. However, local anaesthetics and sedation virtually eliminate discomfort during surgery. Medication is always provided to alleviate any discomfort and 24hr after care is part of our clinic's commitment to you, should it ever be necessary.
How much time does it take?
It depends upon your condition and the extent of work involved. Every patient is individual. Operations may take from one half-hour to several hours. There may be one operation or a series of operations and follow-up visits, which would be scheduled over a period of months to ensure proper healing. We will discuss the specifics of timing with you before treatment begins and we continue to advice and care for you through every stage.
How long will I be off work?
Generally, we recommend the day of surgery, plus the following day for recovery. You can expect to have some minor swelling, discomfort and possibly bruising. The time taken off work is really an individual decision. Patients should avoid flying for the first two weeks.