Treatments - Dental Implants in Southampton

Implants are one way of replacing missing teeth. An implant is planted in the jaw bone to support a replacement tooth. This acts like the root of a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to support fixed bridges or dentures.

Implant treatment normally has two stages. First, the implant is placed in the jaw. Then, when the jaw has healed, replacement teeth are attached to the implant.

Would implants be right for me?

First, you should decide whether implants could be right for you. Contact us to arrange an implant consultation and discussion and we will let you know the possibilities. Our team will be only too happy to help you with any questions you may have.

If you decide to go ahead, this is what will happen.

  • Implants are put into holes in the jaw with a local anaesthetic. Intravaenous sedation is usually used for this procedure.
  • The implant is screwed or pushed in and the gum is stitched so that it heals over the implant.
  • Under the gum, the bone then grows around the implant to hold it firm.  4-6 months later, once the implant (artificial root) has taken, it is uncovered and a post is placed in it.  On this post a crown, bridge retainer or denture attachment can be placed depending on your needs. You may need more than one implant.

Implants usually have two sections - the implant in the jaw and an extension (POST/TME) that is added later when the implant is secure. Attaching the extension needs a small cut in the gum above the implant. You might have more than one implant. The replacement teeth might be fixed permanently (like a crown or bridge) or attached in a way which lets you remove them for cleaning (like a denture).

Dr Peter Watt is a founder member of the A.D.I. (Association of Dental Implantology) and has been successfully placing implants since 1988.

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