Dental Implants: A Guide to Restoring Your Smile

Teeth are lost for a variety of reasons, and there are several ways to replace them. However, dental implants are the only permanent tooth replacement solution, and the only one that helps to avoid the side-effect of bone loss.

Bone loss is commonly seen in patients with several or all of their natural teeth missing, particular those who have worn traditional dentures for some time. This is because neither traditional dentures nor dental bridges replace the roots of the teeth, and without the roots in place, your jaw bone is likely to start shrinking back.

If you are struggling with ill-fitting dentures, The Mall Stockport dental implants team can help. Implants alleviate or avoid entirely many of the issues experienced by traditional denture-wearers, such as problems with speech, limitations on the diet and a loss of confidence if your teeth become prone to falling out. Implants do this because they are replacement tooth roots. Made from titanium, implants support bone growth, thus preventing the issue of bone loss and holding your teeth firmly in place.

When you come into The Mall Stockport for an implant consultation, your dentist will use scans and x-rays to assess the current level of bone density in your jaw, to check that you do not require additional bone grafting procedures prior to the placement of dental implants.

We use the latest digital implantology system at The Mall to plan your implant placement. From a patient’s perspective, the actual implant placement process is fairly simple, thanks to the in-depth planning that goes on beforehand.

Most people only need local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants, although sedation is also an option.

After a healing period of a few months, your dentist will attach permanent new teeth – a bridge, a crown or dentures – to abutments on top of your dental implants. Temporary teeth are sometimes fitted in the interim.

You can find answers to frequently asked questions here, and book an initial consultation appointment on 0161 480 8040.