Heathwood Dental Practice, Crowthorne, Berkshire. Tel. 01344 776933

What is an Implant?

Implants are used to help replace missing teeth. In the same way that a natural tooth is held in place by a root embedded in the bone of the jaw, with an implant, a small medical grade screw is placed into the same bone. The bone heals to the implant, allowing the final restoration to be attached.

Implants can be used in several different ways, giving great flexibility to their range of uses; they can be used to replace a single tooth, by attaching a crown. This gives to all intents and purposes the appearance, function and feel of a natural tooth.

If there is a gap of 3 or more consecutive teeth, and implant can be placed at either end of the gap, and used to hold a bridge. Again, this gives the appearance and function of all the natural teeth missing from that gap being present.

Implants can also be used to help hold a denture in place.

Success rates of implants is good (usually of the order of 95%). The key to a successful implant is through assessment and planning. Both
Neena Kumar and Kavit Kotecha carry out implant treatments within Heathwood Dental Practice. They have undertaken extensive training in this field and have a wealth of experience to apply to each patient.

How long is it going to take?

Implants can only be placed into solid bone. After a tooth is taken out, the bone needs 3 to 6 months to heal. An implant can then be placed, under local anaesthetic. Another short healing period follows in which the bone accepts and integrates with the titanium implant. Subsequently, after also allowing the gum to heal around the implant, the final restoration

How do I get started?

Neena and Ross are normally able to provide a free initial consultation to assess how an implant can be provided for you, as well as explain in further detail what appointments would be needed for the treatment. A full breakdown of costs will also be provided.