Dental Implants are an option you may wish to consider to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A dental implant can be likened to having a full replacement tooth, both the visible crown and the root, placed directly back into your jaw. They are secure, durable, functional and beautiful.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small “screw-type” devices that are inserted into the upper or lower jaw bone to replace a missing tooth and provide support for tooth replacements such as crowns, bridges and dentures. Implants are made of titanium which fuses with the jaw bone to form a strong bond. Long term clinical studies have shown that dental implants can have success rates exceeding 90% over 15 years.
In uncomplicated cases implants can be placed under local anesthesia in our dental surgery. More complicated cases will need to be referred to a specialist who will place the titanium screw into the jaw. In most cases, the overlying crown, bridge or denture can still be designed and placed by our dentists.
Dental Implants cannot be removed for cleaning, but are designed to be as similar in shape and size to natural teeth. In most cases, brushing and flossing is all that is needed to maintain the Dental Implant. Sometimes the design of the crown or bridge creates spaces that are more difficult to clean: in this case, our dentists and hygienists will show you the best way to keep these spaces properly clean.
Your Dental Implant will need to be regularly checked like the rest of your teeth, and this will be done as part of your ongoing maintenance check-up appointments.
Please note that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.