Dental implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth. A dental implant consists of a small screw, usually made from titanium, which replaces the natural root of a tooth and is fitted into the bone under the gum. This is then used to support an artificial tooth structure, sitting above the gum. Dental implants can be used to replace one or more teeth.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Apart from being a permanent solution to missing teeth, dental implants can help you regain a confident smile. They provide essential support and structure for your face and can literally take years off your appearance.
If you previously had trouble eating because of missing or painful teeth, implants allow you to enjoy eating food again without pain.
You take care of your implanted teeth exactly as you would normal teeth, with regular brushing and flossing.
How are Dental Implants fitted?
Unlike with crowns or bridges, the neighbouring teeth are not affected when an implant is prepared for and fitted. The metal implant is placed into the space where the new tooth is going to be without impacting the surrounding teeth.
In order to fit you with dental implants, we will first x-ray your mouth and assess the strength of the bone which is to support the implant. In some cases, a bone graft may be needed to supplement the existing bone. A small incision is made into the jawbone and a hole is drilled into which the metal screw is fitted.
This is then left for around 3-6 months to heal so that the implant can fuse with the bone. During this time, you will be fitted with a temporary artificial tooth. Once we are satisfied that the healing and fusion are complete the temporary tooth is replaced with a permanent implant.