Dental implants are the best long term fixed replacement for missing teeth. They have been used for many decades now, and have proved to be highly successful and predictable treatment.
They can either be used to replace single missing teeth or several missing teeth, and can even be used to restore a full smile for those that have all teeth missing.
Dental implants are the closest thing to having a real tooth, and when combined with a beautifully crafted crown, bridge or denture you can enjoy your favourite foods, talk and laugh freely and feel confident that you have a natural looking smile.
What are dental implants made from?
They are most commonly made from surgical grade titanium, but many materials from gold to stainless steel have been used in the past.
Titanium is a great material as it is strong, and allows the body to completely fuse to the implant, so there is minimal risk of any long term issues.
Other materials, like zirconium can also be used, however, they do not stick to the bone as well as titanium, and they are not quite as strong, and more prone to fracture.
What is the procedure
Dental implant treatment is a minor surgical procedure, carried out under strict sterile conditions.
The gum is precisely cut and lifted, and a little hole is made in the bone. The implant is then gently placed in this hole, and the gum replaced as it was.
After a period of healing, then the implant is “found” under the gum, and measurements are taken for the final crown, from these, the crown is made, and placed into position.
Can anyone have dental implants?
Most people can have dental implants. There are a few medical conditions, where the success rate of the implant is reduced, however these will all be discussed at your consultation, if they apply to you.
If you have been told that you cannot have implants, as there is very little bone, this is usually not fully correct. It may mean that you can have implants, and in order to do so we need to look at increasing the level of bone available. There are many ways to do this, and the most appropriate options will be discussed with you prior to treatment.