A modern approach to replacing missing teeth
If you’ve suffered tooth loss – whether through decay or accidental damage – dental implants offer a life-changing solution that’s indistinguishable from your natural teeth. At Octagon Dental Centre we offer a comprehensive dental implant service, creating beautiful smiles that really do last a lifetime. Make an appointment at our Southampton practice to find out what impact dental implants could have on your lifestyle.
Any dentist will attest that dental implants are far superior to dentures as a solution to tooth loss. The key advantages are their permanence – implants are fixed in place and can last the rest of your lifetime; and their similarity to natural teeth – implants convincingly mimic the look, feel and function of real teeth. Implants also stimulate blood flow to the jawbone, preventing the atrophy that leads to the sagging of facial tissues.
A dental implant is a screw, usually made from titanium, which is surgically implanted into the jawbone to simulate the tooth root. Over time the bone will fuse with it, creating a permanent fixture onto which a bespoke false tooth can be attached.
Getting dental implants can take a few months and require your gums to be in top condition. After the initial surgery, a temporary denture will be fixed while you wait for the jawbone to fuse with the implant. Once this has happened, a further procedure will be needed to affix your new tooth. At each step of the way you will be provided with an after-care plan to manage any discomfort, and you will need to return to Octagon Dental Centre for regular check-ups.
Your suitability for implants depends on the quantity and quality (density) of bone in your jaw. We will carry out an assessment to determine if your jawbone is sufficient. If not, there is the possibility of grafting bone to supplement what is already there and provide a more stable support for your implant.