What are implants?
Implants are one way of replacing missing teeth.
A post is planted in the jaw bone to support a replacement tooth. This acts like the root of a natural tooth. implants can also be used to support fixed bridges or secure dentures.
Implant treatment normally has two stages. First, the implant is placed in the jaw. Then, when the jaw has healed, a replacement tooth is attached to the implant. In some situations it is possible for temporary teeth to be attached to an implant at the time of placement.
Would implants be right for me?
A detailed examination of your mouth and jaw is required to determine if dental implants are a suitable treatment option. Once you have been given all your options, then you can decide whether implants are right for you
What does implant treatment entail?
If you decide to go ahead, this is what will happen.
- Implant treatment is usually carried out in the dental under local anaesthetic. You can opt to have the treatment carried out under sedation – this requires special arrangements.
- The implant is screwed or pushed in a hole created in the jawbone, and the gum is stitched so that it heals over or around the implant.
- Under the gum. the bone then grows round the implant to hold it firm. This takes several months.
- If the implant is buried below the gum, a small cut in the gum above the implant will be carried out before an impression can be taken.
What are the different components of the implants?
Implants usually have two sections – the post (implant) in the jaw and an extension (abutment) that is added later when the post is secure. You might have more than one implant. The replacement teeth might be fixed permanently (like a crown or bridge) or attached in a way which lets you remove them for cleaning (like a denture).
What do I do next if I am interested in dental implants?
Please contact us to arrange an implant consultation and discussion and we will let you know the possibilities. Our team will be happy to help you with any questions you may have.