What are dental implants?
One of the most significant advances in dentistry, dental implants are a strong, permanent solution to replace missing teeth.
A dental implant is a titanium device placed in the jaw, which will give support to a tooth or bridge prosthesis. Thus allowing improved physical appearance and restoration of chewing function.
They are suitable for patients who have lost one, several or all of their teeth.
1 – Natural dental crown
2 – Root of natural tooth
3 – Prosthetic component
4 – Prosthetic crown
5 – Dental implant
The benefits of implants
- Implants look and feel like natural teeth
- Implants provide stability and comfort without affecting healthy teeth
- Implants can last many years if you maintain good oral hygiene
- Implants prevent ageing bone loss, by stimulating your bone structure and stabilising surrounding teeth
What does the process involve?
Our implantologist will first evaluate your case and advise you on the best possible solution to meet your needs.
The implant procedure itself has two stages. Initially one or more implants are placed surgically into the bone, and then left for a period of weeks to a few months to allow for adequate healing. Once this healing process is complete, replacement teeth are attached to the implant to restore aesthetics and function.
Same day implants
Same day implants are very popular with patients who need a quick tooth replacement. Dental implants can only be placed on the same day if there is sufficient gum and bone support. After an initial consultation, our implantologist will be able to inform you if you are suitable for a same day implant.
Multiple dental implants
If you are missing more than one tooth, two implants can be placed to support a fixed a bridge prosthesis. A bridge is a long-lasting, natural looking solution to replace multiple missing teeth.
All teeth missing
In the past when all the teeth were missing, removable dentures were a common choice. However now dental implants can offer a permanent, fixed solution to replace a whole smile. Several implants can be placed to support bridges to replace your teeth.
Alternatively, if there is a lack of natural bone, dental implants can be used as an anchor for dentures.
Looking after dental implants
Good oral hygiene is essential to prolong the life of your dental implants. You should clean around them as you would your natural teeth. A high standard of daily care, and regular visits to your dentist and hygienist, will ensure your dental implants stay healthy as long as possible.