Dental implants provide a means to replace either one tooth or several missing teeth, so that your mouth can be restored to look, feel and function just like normal. Implants medically fuse to your jawbone to create a secure, safe and long term foundation for a new tooth. This concept was developed more than 30 years ago and is now the best and most common way to have a missing tooth replaced. Not only does the implant help prevent future loss of bone, but it won?t cause any damage to surrounding teeth. The final result will look so natural that you wouldn?t even know that there wasn?t a real tooth there.
Dr Fraser has undergone extensive training in implant surgical procedures, so that he can treat all stages of the implant procedure onsite in our Brighton rooms.
You have lost teeth as the result of an accident or trauma injury
If you are missing a single tooth, one implant replaces the root to which a crown is secured on top.
If you are missing several teeth, an implant-supported bridge can replace them. Dental implants will replace some of the roots and hold a porcelain bridge in place.
If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full arch denture can replace them. Dental implants replace some of the missing roots and secure your denture.
Once it has been decided which solution best suits you, treatment can commence and your new permanent smile is just around the corner.
There is now a solution for those of us that are embarrassed to smile, because we show too much gum (gummy smile) or have very small shaped teeth. Gums can be recontoured by a very simple procedure known as a gum lift. A dental laser removes excess gum, sealing as it goes so there is no need for stitches. It is a very quick painless treatment which takes place in the dental chair. The results are dramatic showing more teeth for a fuller instant smile. When used in conjunction with porcelain veneers, this combination is an ideal way to correct oddly shaped, small or crooked teeth.
Not everyone develops wisdom teeth and if you do you won?t always need them removed. However sometimes there isn't enough space available for the teeth to come through and in these cases the teeth may become impacted which means that they are impeded from normal eruption. Impacted teeth can cause recurrent infections. It will be likely in such cases to undergo wisdom tooth removal.
When they don't erupt normally, our advice is to have them removed at your earliest convenience. Some people put this off, thinking that if their wisdom teeth aren't bothering them, that they should leave them alone. The reason this is unwise is that complications from wisdom tooth surgery greatly increase the older you get. If you wait until they bother you, the extractions will be very difficult with serious risks of complications. If, however, they can be removed in the late teens or early twenties, complications are much milder and less likely to occur.
Wisdom teeth can sometimes be removed under local anaesthetic in the dental chair. Alternatively you may require a short operation during a day surgery procedure in an outpatient clinic.