What are dental implants?An artificial tooth root made from titanium replaces the root of a missing natural tooth. It can be placed in either the upper or lower jaw and will bond with bone after a period of time. Dental implants can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth. If you have problems with loose dentures, implants can be used to stop movement and make your dentures more comfortable, secure and effective. Implants are one way of replacing missing teeth. A post is planted in the jaw bone to support a replacement tooth. This acts like the root of a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to support fixed bridges or dentures. Implant treatment normally has two stages. First, the implant is placed in the jaw. Then, when the jaw has healed, replacement teeth are attached to the implant. In some situations it is possible for temporary teeth to be attached to an implant at the time of fitting.
Would dental implants be right for me?First, you should decide whether implants could be right for you. Contact us to arrange an implant consultation and discussion and we will let you know the possibilities. Our team will be only too happy to help you with any questions you may have. If you decide to go ahead, this is what will happen.
- Implants are put into holes in the jaw with a local anaesthetic. You can opt to have sedation for this procedure also.
- The implant is gently screwed in and the gum is stitched so that it heals over the implant
- Under the gum. the bone then grows round the implant to hold it firm. This takes several months.
Implants usually have two sections – the post in the jaw and an extension that is added later when the post is secure. Attaching the extension needs a small cut in the gum above the implant. You might have more than one implant. The replacement teeth might be fixed permanently (like a crown or bridge) or attached in a way which lets you remove them for cleaning (like a denture).