Increasing numbers of dentists are recommending dental implants to replace missing teeth. At Dove Dental Care in Derby, our skilled implantology team can use these ingenious little bionic tooth roots to restore your smile and replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth.
Replacing missing teeth is always important, no matter where in your mouth you have lost a tooth from. Even a single missing tooth automatically puts more strain on your remaining teeth, which may also move out of position and change alignment as they shift into the gap.
When several teeth (or even all the natural teeth) are missing, you will experience severe difficulty in eating anything but soft foods – making it hard to get proper nutrition – and will find both speech and self-confidence affected.
At our Derby dental practice, we believe that – more often than not – dental implants are the ideal solution to tooth loss.
Derby dental implants: how it works
Your implant journey will start with a consultation with an implant dentist here at our Derby clinic. This will involve a detailed examination, including any necessary x-rays or scans, to check that you are suitable for dental implants.
The vast majority of patients only need local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants in Derby, which many at our dental practice have reported as being much more tolerable than a tooth extraction.
As soon as your dental implants are in place, they will start to bond with your jaw bone in a process called osseointegration. This sees new bone tissue and blood vessels build up around the implants, creating a bond akin to that of natural tooth roots.
It will take a few months for your dental implants to fully integrate with your jaw bone, during which time your dentist may fit temporary teeth. When healing is complete, you will come into our Derby clinic to have your permanent new teeth attached.
These new teeth may be dentures, a bridge, or a single crown, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced. With good hygiene and proper aftercare, they could last a lifetime.