If you would like to smile, speak and eat again with confidence, there is good news!
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium that a dentist surgically places into your jaw.
Why come to us for your dental implants?
We are proud to be able to offer our patients the convenience of seeing an extremely experienced specialist oral and implant surgeon in house.
Louis McArdle carries out complex and surgical extractions, including wisdom teeth as well as enucleation of cysts, surgical endodontics (apicectomy), implant placement, bone grafting and sinus lifts. He also performs biopsies and takes referrals from dentists outside the practice.
We understand how reassuring it is for our patients undertaking complex surgical procedures to be able to have them carried out in the familiar environs of their own dental practice surrounded by the friendly faces of the staff they trust and know so well. It also means our patients are able to by pass long hospital waiting lists.
Who can have dental implants?
We will carry out a thorough examination taking appropriate x-rays, to see if your case is suitable. It can be dependent on the condition of the bone in the area of the planned implants. Only very rarely is there not enough bone or it is not healthy enough and therefore it may not be possible to proceed without additional treatments such as bone grafting.
What does the treatment involve?
Placing of the implants is carried out at the surgery, involving a simple operation under a normal local anaesthetic. The after effects are similar to having a tooth extracted i.e. you may feel mild discomfort due to the normal healing processes.
How successful is the treatment?
Under proper conditions, such as placement by a dentist and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.
Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants. Being implanted into the bone, as with your natural teeth, implants require thorough cleaning. Cleaning around the implants is no more difficult than cleaning your natural teeth and we will strongly advise all patients to see the dental hygienist on a regular basis to maintain the healthy status of the implant and the rest of the teeth and gums.