Dental implants replace missing teeth, and their design is based on the structure of a natural tooth. A natural tooth is one piece which is commonly described as having two main parts, the crown that sits above the gums and the root that sits securely within your jawbone.
In the same way, a dental implant may involved several pieces. However, it comprises of the two main parts, the implant (root) and the restoration (crown) that is custom fabricated to match the shape ofyour own teeth.
Implants are made of titanium or titanium alloy. Unlike most materials, our body normally accepts titanium without infection. The first part of implant treatment is the planning stage, at this stage your dentist will take x-rays and sometimes other scans of the area to assess bone quality / quantity.
The second part of implant treatment involves creating an opening in the gum/jawbone and the implant is placed securely into the densest part of the jaw bone - this part is usually performed under local anaesthesia. Dependant on the implant system, a small ‘healing’ cap is placed on top of the dental implant and the gum stitched over/around to allow the site to heal. This process allows the bone to attach itself into the implant - a process called ‘osseo-integration’.
Once the healing and integration has taken place - which can take anywhere up 6 months, the site is opened up again, and impressions taken for the final restoration (crown) to be fitted onto the site. In cases where we are replacing more than 1 tooth, a bridge or denture may be used to restore your teeth instead of individual crowns.
We work with highly skilled implant surgeons who have treated 100's of patients requiring tooth replacement. To find out whether Dental Implants could be the solution for your missing teeth, please call your closest practice to book in for an implant consultation.
Online Booking For New Patients
New patients are able to register and book online by clicking the BOOK ONLINE button below.
This will open up a new page in your browser and allow you to register and book your appointment at a convenient time to you. You will also be able to select if you wish to be seen as a Private patient or on the NHS. You will need your mobile telephone and an email address to register and book. Please ensure you receive confirmation via email that your appointment has been booked. In your confirmation email you will also receive a link, which you will need to download and fill in your MEDICAL HISTORY and SOCIAL HISTORY forms. You will need to bring these documents filled in to your dental appointment along with 1 form of photo identification and one recent utility bill as proof of address. If you are on any NHS exemptions, you will need to bring proof of this to your appointment, otherwise you will need to pay for your treatment on the day.
We ask that you attend approximately 15 minutes before your appointment to complete your registration on the day.
Please note that we have a strict failed or missed appointment policy, and if you miss your appointment, you will no longer be able to book any further appointments at S3 Dental.
We look forward to seeing you.
Online Booking For New Patients
Existing patients can now book an appointment for an examination or problem via our online booking facility.
Please click on the link below, where you will be directed to our online booking system.
Once the page loads, be sure to select "existing patient" at the top of the page and then proceed to book your appointment.
Alternatively you can use the CONTACT page and send us a message, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.