An implant restoration consists of three parts:
- The Dental Implant
A dental implant is a small, sturdy, titanium post that is placed into the jaw. It acts as the root structure would for a natural tooth. We use Straumann implants, which are scientifically and technically superior implant systems.
- The Abutment
The abutment or post is an attachment which connects the dental implant (on the lower part of the post) to a crown (on the upper part of the post). The post will not be visible once the crown is fitted onto it.
- The Crown
A replacement tooth called a crown is created and placed on to the post. If several teeth are missing, a bridge or denture can be placed on the implant posts. All our crowns and bridges are made to match your natural teeth and are extremely hard wearing.
Dental implants are used for functional and aesthetic reasons to replace teeth that have been lost as a result of trauma (teeth have been knocked out), tooth decay, gum disease or simply old age.
No matter what your age, as long as you have sufficient quality and quantity of bone, are in good health and maintain a good oral hygiene routine, you could be suitable for dental implants.
Dental implants may not be the ideal option if you:
- Smoke heavily - hinders and slows down the healing process
- Drink alcohol excessively - affects gum healing
- Have periodontal disease - gum disease will affect the success of your implant procedure and must be treated prior to treatment
- Have an Immunocompromised health, e.g. taking steroids, undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
The number of dental implants that you need depends on your individual treatment needs. It also is dependant on the volume and density of the bone tissue that is available on each implant site.
- A single tooth implant is used to replace one missing tooth.
- If you have several missing teeth, you do not need a dental implant for every missing tooth. Several missing teeth can be supported by dental implants through a bridge or denture.
- Where all teeth are missing, a full set of teeth can be supported on 4-6 dental implants in each jaw which distributes the load evenly.
The process takes a series of appointments. We use the latest scan technology to assess whether you are suitable for an implant. This scan also helps us determine the size of the mplant and where the implant should be placed within the jawbone. The soft tissues are then prepared under local anaesthesia. A small hole is drilled into the jaw bone in which the dental implant is placed.
Titanium implants are placed in your jaw and merge with your bone. After the bone has grown around the implant, which takes about two to six months, a crown, bridge or over-denture is placed onto the implant.
Dental implants can be life changing. providing a secure solution for every age and for every situation.
- You can gain security and a better quality of life.
- Have an attractive smile.
- Enjoy eating food again.
- You can speak with confidence.
- Your dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth and truly are the next best thing to having your own teeth.
- They are very durable and can last a lifetime.
- Made from titanium, they replace your tooth roots and integrate with your jawbone, and help to keep the bone healthy and intact.
Dental implants can last a lifetime.
Like any other dental restoration, you need to look after them. Implant supported teeth can still be damaged by trauma and can be affected by gum disease or poor oral hygiene.
Regular visits with our hygienist will help to maintain your dental implant.
Implants are the best solution in every way and can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth or all teeth safely. Other non-implant options that you might want to consider are dental bridges and dentures.
Alternative treatments: Cosmetic Dentistry, Bridges, Cosmetic Dentures