Dental Implants in Harrogate

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are realistic, permanent replacements for one or more missing teeth. They look natural and are totally secure, working in exactly the way your other teeth do. With good dental hygiene, your implant should last between 15 and 20 years. We match the colour to your existing teeth to ensure that the new tooth fits in perfectly.

The implant itself is a small titanium rod, which is inserted into your jaw bone. Over time the bone and implant bond together, forming a strong, permanent connection.

The implant can have either a crown or bridge fitted on top, to replace the part of the tooth or teeth that you see. If you have several teeth missing, we can create special dentures that are held firmly in place by the implants.

‘Teeth in a day’

As the implant process takes place over several visits, we offer ‘Teeth in a day’. As the name suggests this quick procedure involves placing a temporary set of fixed teeth onto the implants once the initial implant has been placed. They are removed only when the implants are fully healed and integrated into the bone, usually after three to six months.

Why not put up with the gap?

It’s important to know that as well as affecting your smile, missing teeth can cause problems for your gums, for eating and even for speaking clearly. Teeth on either side of the gap can shift at an angle or loosen. Having a replacement tooth in the form of an implant is a permanent solution that will avoid these potential problems.

Are there any other options?

If you have one, two or more teeth missing in a row, we can fit either a bridge or dentures.

There are several types of bridge:

Fixed bridge:

The most common option is a fixed bridge, consisting of two crowns that fit over the teeth on either side of the gap (the anchor teeth). The crowns are bonded to the artificial teeth in between. To install the bridge the anchor teeth must be filed down and root canal treatment may need to be carried out.

Implant-supported bridge:

If you don’t have sturdy teeth on either side of the gap, a bridge that is supported by implants is the most suitable option. Implants replace the anchor teeth, with artificial teeth in between.

Bonded bridge:

Instead of crowns being used for the anchor teeth, a bonded bridge is used to fill single gaps. Small wings of metal are bonded to the artificial tooth and adjacent teeth. The advantage of a bonded bridge is that you don’t have to sacrifice your good teeth.

Dentures:

Depending on how many teeth are missing, we can fit a full set of dentures to replace all your teeth or a partial set if you have teeth that are still strong. After the teeth have been removed, we will take impressions to ensure a good fit. Your dentures can be ready in under a week but when you’re able to use them will depend on whether your gums need to heal first. It’s worth noting that with age, your gums may shrink or change shape, meaning you’ll have to have the dentures relined or remade.

Which treatment is best for me?

Coppice View Dental in Harrogate will discuss with you whether an implant, dentures or a bridge is the most suitable alternative to replace your missing tooth or teeth and restore your smile. This decision will usually depend on:

  • which option best suits your mouth and lifestyle
  • the number of teeth that are missing
  • your budget

What’s next?

Contact us

Coppice View Dental, 104 King’s Rd, Harrogate HG1 5HH

 

01423 503 428

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Coppice View Dental Care
104 Kings Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5HH