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Restoring
your confident
smile

Dental implants

Giving you a new lease of life


At Discovery Dental Care we never underestimate the impact of tooth loss. Whether you've lost a single tooth or several, your confidence can take a real knock and the effects can be devastating. Using advanced implant technology, we can replace missing teeth, rejuvenate and enhance the aesthetics of your smile, and prevent bone deterioration.

Implant dentistry offers a safe and clinically proven solution to restoring your confident smile. You'll also find that dental implants look and feel just like the real thing!

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Dentures are not your only option

Until recently, traditional dentures and bridges were the only options for replacing missing teeth.

Some people can find dentures uncomfortable to wear. They’re painful, they don’t remain in place, and they can cause embarrassing clicking noises when you eat, speak or laugh.

Traditional bridges can also cause the bone in that area to recede, possibly destabilising the adjacent teeth, and increasing the risk of periodontal disease to those teeth. The dental implant has none of these disadvantages.

Improved techniques and advances in the materials used for implants have made the permanent dental implant a better alternative for many people.

If you think you are a good candidate for dental implants, then get in touch with our friendly team today to arrange a consultation. Our dental implant treatment will give your teeth a new lease of life.

Who can have dental implants?

Most people aged over 18 and in reasonably good health can have dental implants.

Our thorough implant assessment will determine whether dental implants are the right option for you. If implants are appropriate, a full treatment plan will be developed, together with an estimate of the costs of providing the treatment. Over time, dental implants prove to be the most cost-effective solution to replacing missing teeth.

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An excellent partnership

As a practice, we work in partnership with Care Dental Implant Clinic to provide your implant dentistry. The clinic is under the leadership of Dr Bruce Strickland

Dr Bruce Strickland BDS DipImpDent RCS (Eng)

Dr Strickland has been working in implant dentistry for the last 15 years, he successfully places around 400 implants per year working alongside his lab technician in his referral practice in Crieff. To add qualification to experience he completed a 2 year diploma with the Royal College of Surgeons, England in 2008, with an Advanced Certificate in bone grafting. He attributes the 99% success rate of his clinical work to ensuring the highest standards of treatment protocols are carried out both surgically and in the planning stage.

He is a lecturer and member of the International Team of Implantologists. His work also involves mentoring other dental professionals in the field of implant dentistry.

 Dr Bruce Stricklandwas awarded 'Best Implant Clinic in the U.K. 2011.'

Dental implants
FAQs


What are dental crowns?

Usually made of porcelain, dental crowns are often fitted to teeth that are heavily filled, chipped or broken. The tooth-shaped cap is placed over the damaged tooth and cemented in place, restoring the appearance and functionality of a damaged tooth. Where a tooth is lost, an implant can be fitted and a crown is then attached to this.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small but strong post used in place of a missing tooth root. They're small metal screws that are placed in the jaw so that crowns, bridges and dentures can be fixed onto them.

What are dental bridges?

Bridges quite literally ‘bridge the gap’ between missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two anchor teeth, which can be healthy teeth or two crowns held in place by dental implants. A false tooth or teeth fill the gap between.


What if I don't have much bone left?

Sufficient bone must be present in order for implantation to go ahead. For patients who have insufficient bone, we can offer augmentation. For instance, if a tooth has been missing for a long time and the jaw has already receded.

Will temporary teeth be placed on the implant?

This depends on the individual case. If suitable, a temporary restoration may be placed on the implant during the healing stage. This allows you to enjoy a natural looking smile early on in the process.

How long is the healing process?

The healing phase is between 6 and 12 weeks, depending on the individual medical situation. Oral hygiene is vital for successful healing. After the healing phase is complete, your personalised tooth will be inserted.