Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. Chipping Norton Dental Implant Centre in Oxfordshire offers a wide range of implant-based treatments, which can be used to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth.
Thanks to the skill of the implant team at our Oxfordshire dental centre, we can treat both simple and complex implant cases, including offering treatment for those who have already experienced bone loss, perhaps being turned away for dental implants by their own dentist for this reason.
How dental implants work
Unlike a standard dental bridge or set of dentures, which only replace the crown parts of your teeth, dental implants replace the roots. They are small titanium posts or screws that are put in direct contact with your jaw bone, and instantly begin to bond with the bone in a process known as osseointegration.
This takes a few months to complete, after which your permanent new teeth will be attached to abutments on top of your implants. They will have all the functionality of natural teeth, and will be aesthetically appealing, too.
Because they replace the tooth roots, dental implants help to prevent bone loss. Losing jaw bone density contributes to making traditional dentures loose, and can also change the entire appearance of your face.
We offer several implant treatment options at our Oxfordshire clinic. Your journey begins with a consultation with an implant dentist, who will use CT scans to determine your current level of bone density.
If you have good bone density, you can be booked in for your dental implants straight away. If you are lacking in bone density, you will need an additional procedure first.
At our Oxfordshire dental centre we use a number of techniques to rebuild your levels of bone density prior to the placement of dental implants. A bone graft or sinus lift involves using donor bone from elsewhere in your body to build up your jaw bone, whilst ridge expansion involves making the area of available bone wider.
Once your bone is dense enough, your implants will be placed, and restored with permanent teeth a few months later.