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A dental implant is a substitute for a natural tooth root made from titanium which is placed into the socket of the missing tooth. The implant makes contact with the bone in the jaw which will over time grow around the implant. The structure which the implant will support can then be constructed. This could be a single tooth a bridge or even a full denture.

Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost one or more teeth due to periodontal disease or dental injury. Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine whether dental implants are right for you.

What is involved in having a dental implant?

Placing a dental implant will require a surgical procedure. This can be done using a simple local anaesthetic. For complex cases general anaesthetic under specialist care may be required.

The implants need to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been put in. This is for around 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw.

If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you will have a temporary restoration in the meantime. If you have complete dentures, then these can be worn throughout the healing period once they have been modified after the surgery.

How long will an implant last?

With the right care, an implant should last for many years.

How do I look after my dental implant?

After care is important if you are going to have a long-lasting, successful implant. Your dentist will give you detailed advice on how to look after your implants. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that are difficult to reach and you will be shown methods to help you, using superfloss, interdental bristles and water picks. More frequent visits to the hygienist may be necessary but your dentist will be able to advise you on this.

Can an implant always be used to replace a missing tooth?

That depends on the state of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for special tests to assess the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if the bone is not healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.

Patient Testimonials

"I wanted to send a personal thank you for all the treatments I received from you and your team. I’ve always been a nervous patient and I’ve visited a couple of practices in the city but stumbled upon Dr.Sterrett as I wasn’t satisfied or comfortable with the treatment I was receiving and I’m so glad I did. I’ve received the best care, excellent treatment with no complications and I’m extremely satisfied with the results. I’d highly recommend the team who always go the extra mile when it comes to patient care and visiting the dentist is now an enjoyable experience and the health of my teeth has improved significantly. Dr Sterrett is an expert - Highly recommended!NM

"I have had procedures carried out previously at Pickerings but my visits to Dr. Sterrett were pain free and efficacious. It's a fairly drawn out process but Dr. Sterrett’s professional attitude and reassuring manner ensured satisfaction during treatments being carried out. He also kept me informed at all times. I have two new teeth which work! Why go for bridgework where existing teeth in good condition have to be filed down to support the bridge? Dental implants, in my experience, are the best option when teeth must be extracted." CR

"I was treated with care and consideration. The procedure was fully explained every step of the way. This helped a great deal preparing me.....The procedure was carried out in a highly professional way.....I have got the result I wanted." GS

"I needed an implant due to resorption.I was always seen promptly, the treatment was fully explained and competently performed. Very efficient and effective; pain free." SG

"I have been a very satisfied patient of Pickerings for a long time. (It was) A good experience I felt I was looked after very carefully." TP
"Well explained: with the information I needed. Painless, easier chewing and eating: Aesthetic improvement. I generally feel less dilapidated. Do it- and expect an improvement in your life!
" MG

"(I) lost a tooth 6 years ago and wanted an implant. Everything was quick and easy, although Philip explained that my case was not a problematic one, I have a lot of bone etc..I am happy to have a tooth in place of that hole!" ZV

Our Dental Implant Dentist

Dr Phil Sterrett, has 20 years of experience as a dental surgeon and gained the prestigious Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Phil will be able to guide you to what results may be achieved from an initial assessment for implants with a simple confidential discussion.

To find out more about Phil, please click: Dr Sterrett »