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Dental implants offer one of the most effective, long lasting and natural looking ways to replace one or more missing teeth. They are a highly advanced dental restoration, and a truly modern way to fill gaps in your smile. We insert strong titanium posts into your jawbone, creating a fixed tooth root to support a crown or bridge. Titanium is very well tolerated by the body, and over time the implant fuses to the surrounding bone in the jaw, becoming a solid and durable foundation.

Why should I have a dental implant?

Whether you need to replace a single tooth or have several missing teeth, dental implants provide long lasting, strong and aesthetic replacements. They return the look, feel and function of natural teeth in a stable and supported way.

A missing tooth can significantly affect the way you eat, speak and feel. A gap can cause your facial shape to lose structure, as your gum can shrink and remaining teeth move over time. Dental implants not only restore your smile, they can greatly improve your quality of life and self-confidence. You no longer have to worry about avoiding certain foods and can feel happy about showing off your smile again.

What does dental implant treatment involve?

Implant treatment can be quite lengthy, needing several appointments and healing time, but the end result is more than worth the effort. At Chichester Dental, we take the time to make sure you are completely happy and informed every step of the way.

Step 1

We carry out a full examination and assessment of your teeth, gums and jaw to ensure you are suitable for implant treatment. We create your bespoke treatment plan and discuss it with you in detail to make sure you are happy with the proposed dental work, timeframe and estimated costs.

Step 2

We use advanced digital scans and images to accurately plan the precise positions for your dental implants. If you need preparatory treatment, such as a bone graft to replace insufficient bone volume in your jaw, this is carried out.

Step 3

We fit the titanium implant into your jawbone in a relatively straightforward surgical procedure. We use local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort. Your implant will take around 3-6 months to heal and correctly fuse to your natural bone.

Step 4

When your implant has successfully healed and integrated, we fit your final crown or bridge on the firm base. Your new smile is now complete! We give you some tips and advice on how to care for your implant and leave you to enjoy smiling with pride.

Benefits of dental implants

  • Secure – dental implants stay firmly in place, even when you are eating or speaking. As they are held in place by your bone, you can be confident of their strength and durability, and they will not become loose over time.
  • Natural looking – implants act just like natural teeth. You will be able to eat, drink and talk just as you did before, as well as show off a winning smile.
  • Effective – dental implants are a well-established, safe way of replacing one or more missing teeth in any part of your mouth. With high success rates, many smiles have been improved with implants.
  • Supportive – implants help to support and sustain your facial structure and remaining natural teeth. They protect your gum and can be fitted with no detrimental effect on your existing healthy teeth.

I went to Chichester dental practice for full implants . Clive Goves and all his staff were very professional, caring and very helpful by putting me at ease as I was a little scared. The final result was fantastic. My husband said my teeth looked perfect and very natural. I am really thrilled with the result and after having dentures for 30 years. Can’t believe the way my teeth look and feel. All my thanks to Clive Goves and his team.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I’m suitable for dental implants?

Most people are suitable for dental implant treatment, as long as they are in good general and oral health. However, they are not an ideal option for everyone. This is why we have a comprehensive consultation before beginning treatment. We thoroughly discuss your overall suitability, determine if any preparatory treatment is needed and give you the chance to ask any questions.

Will the dental implant treatment be painful?

During the placement of the implant, we use local anaesthetic to ensure you are comfortable throughout, and you shouldn’t be able to feel anything. You may experience some discomfort following the surgery, which can be managed with pain relief as advised by your dentist. Many patients find that implant treatment is less painful than having a tooth extraction.

How long will my dental implant last?

Dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime if they are looked after correctly with an excellent oral hygiene routine and regular visits to the dentist. The replacement tooth, whether a crown or bridge, may need to be replaced over time due to natural wear and tear.

What are the alternatives to dental implants?

Alternatives to dental implant treatment include bridges and dentures, or just leaving the gap. Bridges and dentures are less expensive than an implant, but don’t have the same superior stability, appearance and versatility that make implants so effective. They are also not likely to last as long. Leaving the gap in your smile could also have negative effects on your jawbone, facial structure and the alignment of your existing teeth.

How do I clean my dental implants?

You should treat your dental implants just like natural teeth, and include them in your normal oral hygiene routine. As they are made from artificial materials, your implants are invulnerable to decay or cavities, but you will still need to brush and floss to keep the gum surrounding the implant healthy and problem-free.

Is it hard to talk with dental implants?

You will probably find it easier to talk with dental implants! As they are fused to your jawbone and the replacement teeth securely supported, you shouldn’t have any trouble speaking and may find your speech becomes clearer once the gap in your teeth has been filled.

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