Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth and they are designed to provide you with strong, permanent natural looking teeth that feel exactly the same as your original teeth.
The implant is a titanium screw that performs the function that the root of the tooth once did. Titanium is chosen because it is extremely hard wearing, long lasting and there are no compatibility issues with the human body.
It has taken 40 years of research to reach the advanced state of implant surgery we have today, and now we can offer implant techniques that are reliable, practical and affordable. At Olive Dental Care, we take a three step approach to implant treatments:
An initial consultation to check that you have a suitable density of bone and a healthy gum. Simple x-rays when needed are included in the £75 consultation fee. Often, we may need to take panoramic x-ray to obtain a better view of the bones.
If your treatment is complex or you are undoing multi-implant placement, we may need to take full 3D imaging of your mouth.
We start to place the implant. A small gum flap is made and a precise hole drilled. The implant is inserted and the gum sealed. It’s all done under local anaesthetic and it’s entirely pain free.
The implant is left under the gum for six weeks so that healing can occur and the implant knits into your jaw bone and becomes a permanent part of your bone structure.
- If required it is often possible to fit a temporary bridge at this stage –
We attach the abutment. This will form the core of the new prosthetic tooth. The gum is opened up again and the abutment fits easily into the implant structure. Then the gum is left to heal around the protruding structure.
The implant and abutment then form the foundation for the crown that is placed over it. The crown will be custom made ceramic or porcelain so that it can be crafted to the perfect shape and colour to fit with the rest of your smile.
Whatever your demands, we have the know-how, experience and technology to provide you with the very best implant surgery available today.