What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are often the best treatment for missing teeth. When a damaged or decayed tooth is removed, both the visible part of the tooth, called the crown, and the root are lost.
The implant is a metal post that is surgically placed into the jaw bone, beneath the gums. This acts like the root of a natural tooth and provides a support to a replacement tooth. The metal post fuses to the bone and provides a very stable support for individual crowns, bridges or full dentures.
Can I have a Dental Implant?
Healthy gums and sufficient bone support are essential before undergoing implant treatment, and we recommend an implant consultation before considering treatment. During this discussion the dentist will discuss all of the treatment options with you – and design a treatment plan based on your current situation and desired outcomes.
What implant systems do we use?
We use 2 main types of implants:
What happens during treatment?
Firstly a local anaesthetic is applied, then a hole is drilled into the jaw.
Then the implant is screwed or pushed into the hole in the jaw and the gum is stitched so that it heals over the implant.
The jaw is left to heal, for the bone to grow around the implant so that it is firmly held in place.
Then a connector (abutment) is added to the implant and this is attached to the replacement tooth at the time of fitting.
You might have more than one implant. The replacement teeth might be fixed permanently (like a crown or bridge) or attached that lets you remove them for cleaning (like a denture).
What are the benefits?
Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth and many people are opting for this treatment to replace missing teeth as they are strong, durable, stable and long lasting, and allow many people to live a normal life without the worry of removing dentures, or unsightly gaps.
Book in for an implant consultation with one of the team to find out what options are available to you.