A dental implant is a tiny titanium screw that replaces a lost tooth's root. The implant is inserted into the jaw, and the bone grows around it. We can attach crowns, bridges, or dentures to this artificial root once it has been incorporated.
We do not currently fit dental implants at 65 Woodbourne, however we have a close partnership with the Westview Dental Practice in Douglas, who we would refer to for any implant work.
Frequently asked questions about Dental Implants
What are the alternatives to Dental Implants?
Dental implants are often used to replace one or more lost teeth. Some people find removable dentures uncomfortable, particularly for eating and speaking, and therefore prefer a permanent dental implant. By taking good care of your teeth through daily brushing and flossing as well as regular dental check-ups, the implant screw could last a lifetime. The crown may need replacement after 10 to 15 years, due to wear and tear. A dental bridge is another alternative used to replace missing teeth, but conventional bridgework often involves cutting the teeth either side of the missing tooth. The benefit of implants are that it provides a fixed tooth without altering neighbouring teeth. Implants can also solve the issue of uncomfortable or wobbly dentures, for instance, by using clasps or bars to fix the denture to the implant. Thereafter, the denture will then fit securely, giving you the confidence to smile, speak and enjoy your favourite foods again. The denture will still be removable for cleaning as normal.
Do Implants hurt?
Implants are placed with only a minor operation, usually carried out with a local anaesthetic. Typically, a few stitches are required, and these are be removed after a few days. Most people report only minor discomfort, similar to that experienced after a simple tooth extraction. Mild pain is easily controlled by painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
How long does Implant treatment take?
Before starting treatment, your dentist will provide a provisional timetable. It typically takes three to six months for the implant to bond to bone, during which time your restoration will be temporary. If you have complete dentures, they can be modified after surgery and can be worn throughout the healing period.
Are Implants safe?
Present day implants have a very high success rate and your dentist will be available to answer any questions about your treatment and recovery. Implants are made from materials accepted by the tissues of the body. Like natural teeth, they will last well as long as they are well looked after, including inspection by a qualified dentist during your regular checkups.
Is Implant treatment expensive?
In most cases the cost of an implant is a little higher than bridgework options, but the expense must be evaluated against the many advantages of implant treatment.
Are Implants are right for me?
Implants are a common technique used to replace missing teeth, and your require only good health and available supporting bone to qualify for a dental implant. For more advice, please contact us to book an initial consultation with one of our experienced dentists.