Dental implants are one of the most effective ways of replacing missing teeth. 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).
The implant consists of a metal screw/cylinder that is inserted into a bony socket prepared in the jaw. The metal used is titanium – a strong, durable substance that is well-tolerated by the body. During healing, the surrounding bone bonds to the titanium forming a very secure base. A small attachment to the top of the implant – the abutment – connects the root to the crown, bridge or denture.
The use of implants has increased considerably in recent years as patients have become aware of their advantages. Chief among these is that implants look, feel and function like normal teeth. There are no difficulties with eating or cleaning the teeth, adjacent teeth do not have to be filed, and the implant retains the structure of the bone under the missing tooth. This gives a more natural look. Implants give a firmer grip for dentures, without the need for additional fixatives.
It’s always important to have a thorough assessment before considering implants, as their success will depend on the area being free from any periodontal disease. Our dentists will be happy to make this assessment.