- What is an implant?
Dental implants are an artificial substitute for the root portion of your natural tooth and is anchored in place to support a crown, bridge or secure a denture firmly in place. Implants are secured in your gums, the same way your natural roots are
- What are implants made from?
Implants are made from titanium, a material that is well tolerated by the tissues of the mouth. The implant is used to support a ceramic crown or denture.
- Can I get implants if I still have some teeth?
Yes, you can get individual implants to replace single teeth or get multiple implants to support complete sets of dentures. If you are replacing a missing tooth, your dentist will assess the bone under the gum to see if you will need a bone graft, before getting your implant.
- How long will it take?
Before any implants are placed we assess the health of your teeth and gums, if there are any signs of gum disease or decay these must be treated first by our team of dentists and hygienists. Once the implant has been placed it is left to heal and integrate with the bone for between 6 weeks to 6 months. During this "healing period" patients continue to wear dentures.
- Why should I get an implant rather than a bridge or denture?
Dental implants have some major advantages over other forms of restoration
Reduced bone loss. Once you lose a tooth, the bone that was supporting the root will slowly begin to disappear. This can change the shape of your jaw making you look older
Improved function, once the healing process is complete, dental implants become part of your jaw. With an implant you eat and speak as easily and confidently as you did with your natural teeth.
Improved mouth hygiene, unlike bridges and dentures which require special cleaning techniques, you can brush and floss as normal
No damage to healthy teeth, when you get a bridge the neighbouring teeth have to be crowned to support the bridging section. With an implant there is no need for the support of other teeth, which helps keep them healthy too!
A properly made implant is impossible to tell from your other teeth. You never have to worry about dentures becoming loose and visible or unsightly metal clasps. A dental implant should be indistinguishable from your surrounding natural teeth.
Dental implants provide a much better cosmetic and functional end result. Dental implants have been used for over 30 years to replace missing teeth and they can last a lifetime providing they are professionally maintained.