Dental Implants

What you need to know

A personal approach

Dental implants provide a modern solution for missing teeth, allowing for a confident smile. At Malone Oral Surgery, we use advanced technology to evaluate bone support for implants, restoring function and confidence.

A dental implant involves surgically placing a titanium post into the jawbone, onto which false teeth are fixed permanently. This two-stage process spans several months for integration before attaching the final teeth, which match your natural ones in material and color.

Dental implants are man-made (artificial) replacements for your tooth roots. We put them into the bone of your jaw. They help to support:

-Dentures (false teeth)

- Crowns (caps on top of damaged teeth)

- Bridges (structures to bridge or fill the gap where 1 or more teeth are missing)

We use dental implants if it would be difficult for you to have dentures or bridges. You might not have any suitable teeth or gums to support them. Some people do not have enough bone in their jaw for us to put in dental implants. If this happens, you need a bone graft to increase the amount of bone available. A bone graft is a type of surgery. It can cause swelling, bruising and pain. In most cases, we leave the bone graft to heal for 3 to 6 months before you can have your dental implant treatment. Your dentist tells you if you need a bone graft.

How do Dental Implants Work?

Because implants are inserted into your jawbone, they provide a stable and permanent support for artificial teeth. Some people find that a denture or bridge can shift or slip over time. An implant cannot move and for some people, provides confidence when eating or speaking. This secure fit can also help dentures, bridges and individual crowns feel more natural than conventional ones.

Dental implants are more expensive than ordinary dentures/crowns and several operations maybe needed e.g. if a sinus lift is required.

Although dental implants are a proven way to perfect your smile, it is a lengthy process that requires multiple appointments with us. There are several stages to inserting an implant. We strongly recommend talking to us about your requirements and creating an individualised plan that will provide the best outcome for your smile.

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