Dental Implants

There are many reasons patients can have missing teeth, from tooth loss due to decay to injuries and accidents that result in teeth being knocked out and being unable to be saved. Whatever the reason, a missing tooth or teeth can have seriously detrimental effects on your confidence and can cause you to hide your smile away. At Castle Hill you can expect non-judgemental, caring, expert treatment to replace missing teeth, giving you back your confidence in your smile.

Dental implants are one solution to replace missing teeth. They can be used to replace one tooth or several teeth, and can also be used to hold a fixed dental bridge or denture in place.

At Castle Hill all our implant work is carried out in-house by Dr Sharma, who has completed the renowned Surgical Implantology course at the acclaimed Tatum Institute in the USA. He has been taught directly by Professor Hilt Tatum, who is one of the world's premier experts and leading lights in dental implantology. Dr Sharma brings this expert knowledge to successfully place dental implants in Reading.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants usually comprise two parts – a titanium post or screw that is attached to the jaw, and an artificial tooth that is placed on top. Sometimes the implant posts are also used to secure dentures or fixed dental bridges.

What happens if I choose to have dental implants?

Treatment with dental implants usually happens in two stages. First, under local anaesthetic, Dr Sharma makes a hole or holes in the jaw in which to place the implants. If you are particularly nervous or find it difficult to keep your mouth open for a long time, this part of the procedure can also be carried out under sedation, meaning you will be relaxed and largely unaware of the treatment.

Dr Sharma then screws the jaw and places a stitch in the gum to help it heal. The bone beneath the gum grows around the implant to hold it securely; this will take a few months to fully heal, ensuring that your implant has a strong foundation.

When this healing is complete, a permanent extension is placed on top, either in a fixed form such as a crown or bridge, or a denture that can be removed for cleaning. Sometimes it is necessary to make a small cut in the gum before placing the top of the implant, which will be done under local anaesthetic.

In some cases, patients do not have enough jaw bone for implants to be placed. If this is the case, you may need a bone graft to build up the bone before implants can be fitted.

Like your regular teeth, implants require good oral hygiene and regular check-ups with the dentist to make sure they remain in top condition. To find out if implants are suitable for you, book an implant consultation today. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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