Dental implants have become an increasingly popular way of replacing missing teeth.
The implant can be the solution to one lost tooth, several, or all teeth.
A dental implant is typically a small titanium screw that is inserted within the jaw bone to take the place of a missing tooth root. Osseo-integration occurs when the bone ‘fuses’ with the implant. Replacement teeth can then be fixed to the top of the implant.
What Can Dental Implants do for You?
- Replace one or more teeth without affecting neighbouring healthy teeth.
- Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture
- Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
- Implant placement - a relatively simple minor surgical procedure is performed under sterile conditions using local anaesthesia.
- Integration period- it is more usual that a period of three months or more is allowed for the implant to fully integrate before loading. A denture or adhesive bridge can be worn during this healing phase.
- The restorative phase– after a suitable ‘integration period’ the implants may be uncovered and can be brought into function with a variety of restorations.