How dental implants work
Traditional dentures and dental bridges replace the crowns of missing teeth, but do nothing to replace the roots. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, made out of titanium, which is not only very compatible with the human body, but also supportive of bone growth. That means that when your dentist places implants in your jaw, they help to prevent bone loss, ensuring that your new teeth retain a natural function as well as appearance, and preventing premature sagging of the facial skin.
Most patients who come to our Stockport dental practice for treatment with dental implants only require local anaesthetic for their placement. The placement of implants is intricately planned, using the latest 3D computer software to ensure that they are put in the ideal position to withstand the forces generated by biting and chewing food, whilst also enabling your dentist to avoid nerves and other vital structures. Often, dental implants are placed in the sockets left by missing teeth.
For patients who are nervous about dental treatment, who have a strong gag reflex, or require a lengthy or complex procedure, we also offer implant placement under conscious sedation at The Mall Stockport dental practice. With conscious sedation, whilst you are not asleep – thus able to cooperate with instructions given to you by your dentist – you will be in a very peaceful and relaxed state, and will remember little if anything about treatment afterwards.
The number of dental implants you will need will depend on how many teeth are being replaced, and the type of restoration you choose. Your The Mall Stockport dentist will advise you of how many implants you need at the treatment planning stage.
After a healing period, permanent new teeth will be attached to your implants. These may be crowns or a bridge. Dental implants can also be used to stabilise dentures.
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