Have you lost all or some of your natural teeth? Bridges, dentures and flexible dentures are not the only solution, thanks to advances in modern dentistry. Have you heard of dental implants? Implant dentistry offers a clinically proven and safe solution to getting a great smile back and being able to bite and chew with confidence. This is how they work:

What is a Dental Implant?

1. Dental implants are small metal screws that are placed in the jaw in place of a missing tooth.

2. Once established, crowns, bridges and dentures can be fixed onto the implants, creating a natural-looking and stable restoration.

Dental implants need 4-10 weeks to heal and fully integrate with your natural bone. The time period mentioned is a guide but can vary depending on individual cases.

Once healed, the dental implant will then act as a solid foundation to place fixed crowns, bridges or aid with removable dentures. (2)

Most implants are placed under a local anaesthetic, but can also be placed under sedation, intravenous of inhalation (gas and air), if you request.

What can I expect at my Initial Consultation?

During your initial consultation visit, our consultants would examine you and listen to your concerns as well as take any x-rays as required. They would then discuss the issues, treatment options available to your individual needs, and answer any questions you may have.

They will use visual aids to help discuss certain treatment options to ensure you are clear about their explanations. Once your consultation is completed we will then send you (or your dentist if you have been referred to SDS and copied to you) a detailed report, outlining everything that was discussed during the consultation.

You will also receive a treatment quotation itemising all costs involved. Here at SDS we prefer to quote our patients for ‘worse case scenario’ so that there are no hidden costs and surprises further down the line

What outcome can I expect?

We have found that more and more patients are asking about implants as a solution for replacing their missing tooth/ teeth as an alternative to dentures and bridges. Whilst having a fully functioning tooth is extremely important, we have found that some patients are now emphasising increasingly towards the overall cosmetic look and demand that the implant teeth look “very natural”. This aspect is also important to us, and we have mastered the techniques necessary to achieve ideal results. Please see some of our happy and satisfied patients below:

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