What is involved?
Under a normal local aesthetic (“freezing”) a small hole is prepared in the jaw bone into which the titanium root or implant is placed.
With time, the dental implant will integrate or fuse with the bone. This healing process typically takes 3-6 months.
A crown or a bridge or an attachment for a denture can then be fitted to the implant.
Implants for single teeth
An implant can be used to replace a single tooth. With this technique the teeth on either side of the gap will not need to be adjusted or cut down for crowns, as with traditional bridges.
An Implant can be used in this way to replace a front or back tooth.
Implants for bridges
Implants can be used to support new teeth in large gaps where a number of natural teeth have been lost. By bridging between implants, fewer units are required. This makes the treatment very cost effective.
Implants to support dentures
Implants can be used to support traditional dentures.
Where denture stability is a problem, in particular with full lower dentures, a few carefully placed implants can dramatically stabilise the denture and change the wearers quality of life.
The denture is at the same time easily removed by the wearer for cleaning etc.