Choosing to have your missing teeth replaced with Hampshire Dental Implants is a big decision. It’s also a big commitment of time and resources. Naturally, you want to know that your choice of both treatment, and provider, us at Hampshire Dental Implants, is a good one.
That’s why when you come to us for your initial consultation, Hampshire Dental Implants will listen very carefully to your issues and desired outcomes. We will also carry out a detailed examination of your mouth to make sure that we can fulfill your wishes, and also that your mouth is a suitable candidate for dental implants. This may include taking digital x-rays to make sure that your jawbone is dense and strong enough to support the implants and that you have no other oral health issues that need to be cleared up before implant treatment can begin.
The treatment itself is carried out in several stages. The first one is a surgical procedure whereby new sockets are created in your jawbone to accommodate the dental implants. People usually undergo this procedure with a local anaesthetic, and nervous patients are also offered sedation. Implants are tiny titanium posts, which the dentist inserts into the newly-created sockets. Once these are in place, a cap is placed over their open end to protect it, and you enter the second stage of the process.
This is a healing period of several weeks to months, during which time the jawbone grows new tissue and blood vessels around the dental implants, melding with it and holding it in place just as if it was a natural tooth. This provides great stability, and it is rarely that an implant is dislodged, even with all the hard chewing action that we put our mouths through. Most people find that over-the-counter painkillers are strong enough to get them through the first few days of discomfort after surgery.
Finally, you come back to us at Hampshire Dental Implants and our dentist attaches an abutment, or internal screw, to your implant. Onto this is fixed either a custom-made artificial tooth, or a bridge, or even a whole set of upper or lower teeth.