What is a dental implant?

An implant is made up of an artificial titanium root that is fixed to the jawbone, with a crown or bridge fitted on top. They can be made to look and feel just like natural teeth. Implants also safeguard your overall dental health as replacing missing teeth is extremely important to prevent any bone loss or other complications associated with missing teeth

What options do we offer for dental implants in Durham?

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    A single dental implant is the most functional secure replacement for a missing tooth, allowing you to eat, smile and laugh with confidence. A single titanium implant is placed into the jaw, as the replacement root. It’s a straightforward process which can be completed under local anaesthetic at our Durham practice.

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    Each missing tooth does not necessarily require an individual implant to replace it. Often a more stable and cost-effective approach is to place an implant at either end of the ‘tooth gap’ and bridge across the implants with a dental bridge. The chewing function is then restored with a minimum number of implants. Traditional bridge treatments require dentist to file down the neighbouring healthy teeth, in order to attach the bridge in place. Dental implant technology alleviates the need to damage these healthy teeth, instead anchoring your bridge to implants, bonded with your jaw.

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    With advances in implant dentistry, we have many innovative techniques for denture stabilisation which can transform your comfort, self-esteem and self-confidence with implant secured dentures. Depending on the treatment, you may need between four and eight implants to secure each denture in place. It’s a straightforward process which can be completed under local anaesthetic and will require three to six months to heal and bond with your jaw bone to provide a solid support for your replacement teeth.