What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a non-corrosive titanium metal rod which is placed into the jawbone on to which a synthetic tooth is fitted. Titanium is a very biocompatible metal the body accepts without problems. A gentle surgical procedure is used to replace the original root with the implant. The implant is then left for some months, to allow the bone to naturally form an ultra strong bond to the implant.
Why choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants are recognised by many as the best method for replacing missing teeth, providing a more sustainable, functional and life-like solution than more traditional techniques such as bridges and dentures. They can provide the preferred solution when dentures are loose, gaps exist in the front or back of the mouth as single teeth or large bridge work to full mouth reconstructions.
Dental Implants – The Procedure
A dental implant is a lifelike, natural looking replacement for missing teeth. The implant is formed from three main components – a titanium rod, an abutment and finally a dental crown.
Following a detailed consultation with the implant dentist, you will attend the clinic for the first stage of the process; the fitting of the titanium rod into the existing jaw-bone. This is effectively an artificial replacement for the natural root of the tooth and serves to provide a firm base for the new dental crown. Titanium is the material of choice because it is strong, lightweight and integrates successfully with the natural structure of the jaw. One or more implants may be placed depending on the treatment chosen. This can range from a single tooth to multiple teeth or 3 or 4 implants placed to help retain a removable denture.
Following placement, the titanium rods must be allowed to fully integrate with the jaw-bone, a process known as osseointegration. This can take from 3 months through to 6 months so patience is required to ensure a good result. During this period, temporary restorations may be placed.
In some cases where the underlying bone of the jaw is degraded, bone grafting may be needed to provide a firm base for the implant. However, newer, smaller implants are now available which has reduced the need for bone grafting for many patients. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the restorative dentist.
Following successful integration of the titanium rods, you will be fitted with “abutments” which are small collars that fit on top of the rod and which form a firm platform for the new tooth The new tooth or “restoration” is then fitted and secured and the dental implant procedure is complete.
Dental implants are the modern alternative to dentures in that they provide a permanent replacement for missing teeth and restore the full functionality of the mouth in addition to restoring a person’s smile and improving overall self-confidence. Please contact our experienced implant dentist who will be pleased to provide a personalised consultation.
For details of prices for dental treatments please see our prices page. Implants increase comfort by eliminating the issues caused by loose fitting dentures and partials