Dental implants are the ideal solution to replace single or multiple missing teeth. They will support dental restoration such as crown, bridges and denture and they will look and function like natural teeth.
They are designed to be a stable and effective long-term solution. A dental implant is a small screw that acts as an artificial tooth root when placed in the jaw bone. The implant can be used to anchor different types of restorations such as crowns, bridges or dentures.
Benefits of dental implants
- The ability to chew and enjoy your food in a similar way to that prior to tooth loss
- You will have no dentures to remove
- Confidence that the fixed bridge or tooth replacement feels as secure as a natural tooth
- A written plan is usally then formulated detailing the sequence of treatment and associated cost
- The protection of your remaining teeth and jawbone
Dental implants uses
By acting as a tooth root, a dental implant provides a stable foundation for replacement teeth. This allows improved function, speech and aesthetics. An implant can be used to:
1. Replace a single tooth
Dental implants are an ideal solution for replacing a single missing tooth and eliminating the need to grind down healthy adjacent teeth.
2. Replace several teeth
Implants can be used to replace and support individual crowns or bridges. Support from adjacent healthy teeth is not necessary because implants cat a replacement tooth roots.
3. Replace all teeth
in addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported dentures and full bridges are designed to be a stable and effective long term soluntion. Implants eliminate the need for adhesives to keep dentures in place.
The implant process normally involves several steps that take place over a period of time from 3 to 9 months. Although there are various implant treatment methods, a typical process often is as follows:
- 1.Assessment and planning – The dentist will assess the feasiblity of providing implant treatment. X-rays may be taken and preliminary models may be prepared
- 2.Implant Placement – A relatively simple minor surgical procedure is performed under sterile conditions in the dental surgery under local anaesthesia and, if indicated, supplemented by conscious sedation.
- 3. Integration period – Although some implants can be loaded into function immediately, or soon after surgery, it is often suggested that a period of three months or more be allowed for the implant to fully integrate before loading.
- 4. The restorative phase – Once integrated, the implants may need to be uncovered and can be brought into function with a variety of restorations, ranging from a single crown, small or large bridge, or, if preferred, a removable overdenture clipped to the implants
- 5. Maintenence – Following the completion of implant treatment, patients need to clean thoroughly around the implants, as instructed by the dentist. They should attend their dentist for regular review so that the health of the soft tissue,bone levels and the integrity of the restoration can be checked. We also carry out complex implant treatment, incliding sinus lifting and different types of tissue grafting.