What is a Dental Implant?
Dental Implants are a small titanium screw, that replaces the root of a missing natural tooth, which is then covered with a dental crown. Due to the natural properties of titanium, the dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a permanent anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace either a single tooth or multiple teeth in either the upper or lower jaw, or both jaws. Dental implants have revolutionised restorative dentistry and they are the most robust and proven treatment option available. They offer a permanent replacement solution for loose and missing teeth and can be a good alternative to wearing dentures.
What is involved in getting Dental Implants?
There are two parts to having a Dental Implant restoration.
The first involves minor surgery to place a titanium screw (implant) under the gum into the jaw. This then needs 3 to 6 months to allow the bone grow around and lock in (integrate) the screw.
The second part involves impressions and placing a restoration on top of the implant screw. This restoration may be a crown, a bridge or even a denture depending on how many teeth are missing. It all depends on the number of implants placed.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The main benefits of Dental Implants include:
- A secure and permanent solution to missing teeth
- Dental implants can stop the process of jawbone shrinkage
- The ability to chew and speak properly
- Reduction of possible gum problems and infections
- Increased confidence in social and family situations