Dental implants – a natural replacement
Missing teeth can impact your overall health, because your ability to chew determines your food choices. Your speech is also affected by gaps in your teeth, as is the shape of your mouth and jaw. All of these can have a negative impact on your confidence and interaction with others.
Today, the preferred method of tooth replacement is dental implant treatment. Dental implants replace missing teeth with permanent crowns, anchored to your jawbone, that look, feel and function like your natural teeth.
An implant acts as a replacement for a natural tooth root. Implants are made of titanium and are anchored in the jawbone where the tooth root would normally be. When fully integrated to the bone, a post (or abutment) is attached to the implant and then a crown, bridge or denture is placed over the abutment to replace the missing tooth or teeth.
Implants are increasingly popular alternatives to complex restorative treatment on your natural teeth, such as conventional bridges or dentures. Today’s dental implants are safe, non-toxic, and fully biocompatible. Your bone will grow around the implant and integrate to the fixture. First trialed over 30 years ago, dental implants have evolved to provide a treatment option with 95% success rate over 10 years and are now considered the preferred option to replace missing teeth.
How does a dental implant work?
Initial consultation, assessment and planning will occur with one of our dentists. Options appropriate to your individual case will be discussed with you.
Sometimes, if there is insufficient quality and quantity of bone to place an implant, you may require a bone augmentation procedure to allow your implant to have optimal status. Your dentist will discuss all of these eventualities and possibilities in the initial stages.
The placement of a single implant is a straightforward procedure that is performed daily at our practice. It is carried out under local anaesthetic, and many patients report that it is easier than having a tooth extracted.
Some implant procedures require a second stage, once osseo-integration has occurred. Carried out under local anaesthetic the buried implant is uncovered, and impressions taken. These are sent to our laboratory to mill your crown, bridge or denture. In the interim period you may be provided with a provisional restoration so you don’t have a gap.
At your next visit your bespoke crown or bridge is fitted. You will be shown the final restoration at this stage. Once you confirm that you are pleased with the appearance and fit, your dentist will cement the restoration to the implant.
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