Replacing missing teeth permanently
If you’re tired of wearing dentures, or you are facing the prospect of missing teeth for the first time, dental implants in Crawley are well worth considering. Available in-house from our experienced implant dentists at Avalon Oral Care Centre, dental implants offer a permanent replacement for missing teeth that looks, feels and functions just like your natural tooth. Choosing dental implants means you’ll never need to compromise when it comes to eating, drinking and smiling with complete confidence. In addition, dental implants play an important role in maintaining the structure of your face: their firm position within the jawbone prevents teeth from shifting around and the jaw from shrinking – both of which cause ageing facial sagging. In short: with dental implants, you’ll stay looking youthful for longer.
Dental implant procedure
The implant surgery takes place under local anaesthetic or sedation. Our patients often report that they experience very little discomfort following surgery.
The implant usually takes 2-4 months to integrate fully, after which it will be ready for the final restoration. While the implant is integrating, temporary teeth can be fitted, using various options. An alternative is to opt for teeth-in-a- day (see below) if suitable.
Replacing a single tooth with a dental implant is a straightforward procedure that usually involves minimal invasion or discomfort. The dental implant is a titanium root that will support a bespoke prosthetic tooth, created in a dental lab to look, feel and function just like a natural tooth.
If you are currently a denture-wearer, or are facing the prospect of multiple extractions, full arch implants at Avalon Oral Care Centre can offer the perfect solution. You won’t need to replace each missing tooth with a dental implant; instead, as few as four dental implants can be placed to support fixed bridges.
The All-on-4 or All-on-6 system is also called ‘teeth in a day’ and involves placing a few implants on each arch and then affixing a bridge to each. The entire procedure is completed in one day, with a temporary bridge that is worn until the patient’s permanent bridge is crafted. With ‘teeth in a day’, you can walk into the practice with failing teeth and walk out with a brand-new set.
If you’re unhappy with your existing dentures, consult us about the possibility of implant-retained dentures, which secure your dentures in place either permanently or via a removable option. As few as two dental implants per jaw can be used to secure your dentures, making this a cost-effective option with all the benefits of restored confidence in eating, speaking and smiling.
- If your sinus position does not allow enough room for implant placement, we have the option to lift the sinus and build up the jawbone underneath it by packing the space created with bone granules. These regenerate over the following months, after which the dental implants can be placed. In some cases, it is even possible to place the implant at the same time as the sinus lift.
- If you have insufficient bone for implantation, and if a sinus lift is not appropriate, we can offer a block bone graft. For this, we remove a small block of bone from either the posterior mandible (where the wisdom teeth would be) or the chin and transfer it to the implant site. There is usually a four to six month waiting period to ensure that the site is fully healed before placing the implant.
CBCT scan and panoramic X-ray
At Avalon Oral Care Centre we offer high-tech cone beam CT (CBCT) scanning to carry out full assessment of your teeth and surrounding structures in house without the need for referral outside of the practice. Our state-of-the-art Carestream CBCT scanner allows our clinicians to generate 3D images of the patient’s jaw for highly accurate treatment planning.
The scanner instantly provides high-quality CT images of the bone and surrounding structures, so you can be sure your implants will be placed in exactly the right position. This system has the safety of our patients in mind, using low dose radiation and different types of radiograph for accurate planning and to suit your treatment needs.