Implants

At Lyme Bay Dental & Implant Clinic in Dorset, we are experts in replacing teeth. Using the latest dental technology, we can help you achieve a beautiful, natural smile. 

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a fixed solution for one or more missing teeth and can help restore both your smile and your quality of life.

An implant is made up of an artificial titanium root that is fixed to the jaw, and an abutment, made from titanium, gold or porcelain, which fits to the implant and attaches the crown, bridge or denture fitted on top.

If you are concerned about your replacement teeth looking realistic or coming loose, implants are an ideal option. They are crafted to look and feel just like natural teeth.

Teeth implants also safeguard your overall dental health. Replacing missing teeth is extremely important, as missing teeth cause bone loss which can age your face and could potentially cause adjacent teeth to become loose too.

The benefits of implants

·         Implants look and feel just like natural teeth.

·         Implants provide permanent stability and comfort without affecting healthy teeth.

·         Implants won’t come loose or fall out.

·         Implants can last for many years if you maintain good oral hygiene.

·         Implants prevent ageing bone loss, by stimulating your bone structure and stabilising the surrounding teeth.

Types of dental implant

There are several different types of implant available at our Dorset based practice, depending on your needs. You will also be able to select from a range of different materials and varying degrees of personalised crafting, offering a range of solutions from a functional replacement tooth, to a more aesthetic result to blend with your natural teeth. Your dentist will discuss all the options with you to find the best solution.

Single dental implant

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An implant is a great choice for a single missing tooth, whether it’s visible or not, and the results can be life-changing. A single implant provides the foundation for a crown, which will be created at Lyme Bay Dental & Implant Clinic in Dorset to match your teeth exactly.

Multiple dental implants

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If you’re missing more than one tooth, there are a number of options available to you at Lyme Bay Dental & Implant Clinic. In some cases a single implant can support two replacement teeth, or two implants can support a fixed bridge if you have several missing teeth. A bridge is a long-lasting, natural-looking solution which will help preserve the health of the rest of your teeth and jaw.

Same day teeth

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Same Day Teeth is a process at Lyme Bay Dental & Implant Clinic where patients can have implants placed and fully functioning teeth attached in the space of one day. With the latest technological advances, it is possible to remove a tooth and place an implant immediately into the extraction socket. 

Implant secured dentures

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Dentures can be uncomfortable, irritating and embarrassing. With advances in Implant Dentistry, Lyme Bay Dental & Implant Clinic now have many innovative techniques for either denture stabilisation or completely replacing the need to wear a denture.

How is an implant fitted?

At Lyme Bay Dental & Implant Clinic we take advantage of new technology and our extensive dental expertise to give you the highest standards of care, with skills in delivering advanced implant placement, especially useful for more complex implant cases.

We have introduced two new procedures recently for this very reason:

CT Scanning for Diagnosis – We can arrange for CT scans to be performed during the diagnostic treatment planning stage this gives a clear 3D picture of the jaw anatomy in a patient which is invaluable where more than one implant is being placed or where bone levels are unclear from initial x-rays.

Guided Surgery – This form of ‘virtual dentistry’ enables dentists to diagnose and plan treatment schedules that start with the initial consultation stage right through to the actual procedure. Following a CT scan it is possible for the image to be converted to a highly realistic 3D representation of the patient’s jaw which can be explored from all angles. The dentist can also place ‘virtual’ implants which enables them to check the positioning and make adjustments if necessary.

Assessment: 

Every treatment begins with an assessment from your local Lyme Bay Dental & Implant Clinic dentist who will be performing your implant treatment. They will discuss all the options with you, make an assessment of the best solution for you, and ensure you understand every step of your treatment. You will have an x-ray and, in some cases, a CT scan to help visualise your jaw, ensure your gums are healthy and that there is enough jaw bone to place the implant.

The treatment:

This is when the implant is placed into your jaw. It’s a straightforward process which can be completed under local anesthetic. If you are particularly nervous or have a dental phobia, your dentist will make sure you feel absolutely comfortable with the treatment and can provide sedation if needed.

The implants will need three to six months to heal and integrate with your jaw bone to provide a solid support for the crown, bridge or denture.

Depending on your treatment and your dentist’s diagnosis, a temporary crown can be fitted at the same time as your initial appointment. These will stay in place until the final restoration appointment.

It may be necessary to have a separate appointment between six weeks and six months after your initial treatment, to allow the implant to fully integrate. This ensures that your jaw has completely healed before the crown, bridge or denture is permanently fitted.

Restoration:

Once your jaw has healed, your dentist will then take an impression of your mouth. This enables a dental technician to build your bespoke crown, bridge or denture, which will be colour matched to blend seamlessly with your other teeth.

Same day teeth is a modern procedure which enables you to have your dental implants placed and walk out of the clinic with your final brand new teeth in just one day.

Your smile is now complete.

How do I look after my implant?

As with natural teeth, good oral hygiene is important for preventing gum disease and prolonging the life of your implants. You do not need to remove the teeth fitted to your implants but clean them as you would your natural teeth. A high standard of daily oral care, along with regular check-ups with your local Lyme Bay Dental & Implant Clinic dentist and hygienist, will help to ensure your mouth stays healthy and your implants last as long as possible.

Contact Lyme Bay Dental & Implant Clinic today to find out more about dental implants and how they could work for you.

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Replacing teeth

Our Lyme Bay Dental & Implant Clinic dentists can help restore your confidence with replacements for missing teeth: from single implants to bridges, only you will know they’re there.

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Care & advice

From how to deal with dental phobias, to advice on common dental conditions, how to keep teeth in top shape and your breath fresh, our Lyme Bay Dental & Implant Clinic team can help with all your queries on general dental care and advice.