Dental implants & dentures at Superior Smiles

Dental implants

A missing tooth doesn’t just impact your appearance, it can affect your ability to speak and chew, and overall oral health. Dental implants provide a great long-term solution and help restore function and confidence.

A dental implant is an artificial replacement of a tooth root made to look natural and designed to be long-lasting. It acts as a support or base for attaching individual crowns, multi-tooth bridges, or an entire dental prosthesis. Small but strong, it’s suitable for most adults with good general health.

Your dental implant treatment journey

Step 1

The implant is carefully placed in the jaw. The procedure is normally possible with local anaesthetic, or under light sedation, if you’d rather. The dental implant then needs to integrate fully with the jaw bone. This process usually takes between 6- 8 weeks.

Step 2

Once the jaw has healed, impressions can then be taken and sent off to the laboratory to construct a custom-made crown or bridge that matches the natural teeth. Following this, your new replacement teeth are attached to the implant.

How many dental implants do I need?

The good news is that if you had to replace all of your teeth with dental implants, you would not need as many implants as teeth. Our implant dentist will carefully plan your treatment and, after taking detailed X-rays, scans and impressions as necessary, will tell you how many implants you need.

For denture stabilisation, we commonly place four or six implants, which are carefully positioned so that they can withstand the forces created by biting and chewing. After a period of healing (usually a few months) your permanent dentures will be attached to your implants using special fixtures.

Dentures

Discreet dentures can help restore your smile and bring back the joy of eating once again. Often discounted, dentures, full or partial, involve the replacement of missing teeth and the creation of removable false teeth which can have incredible results.

Complete dentures

Complete dentures replace all your teeth and with the denture removed you would have no teeth in that particular arch (either top or bottom). Full dentures can either sit on the gum, and be held in by suction, or be supported by dental implants, which makes them more secure.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures replace only a few teeth. With partial dentures there is not enough material to create a suction to hold them in. Partial dentures therefore either need to be supported by dental implants or by clasps, which grip around the adjacent teeth.

We ensure dentures don’t just perform well but they look great and feel natural. That’s why we carefully match the shades and add slight imperfections just like real teeth, to ensure they go completely unnoticed.

Denture stabilisation

If you have lost all of your natural teeth, you may be struggling with unsecured dentures. While dentures are a great way to replace your missing teeth, traditional dentures do not address other common problems associated with tooth loss, including bone loss and shrinking gums, which can cause your dentures to become loose and uncomfortable.

Dental implants are an excellent way to address these problems, and to give you a smile to be proud of.

What is denture stabilisation?

Denture stabilisation uses dental implants to secure your dentures. You will still be able to remove them for cleaning, but there is no danger of them becoming loose and uncomfortable, or of them slipping out at an inopportune moment.

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