Implants the permanent answer to tooth lossImplants have an excellent success rate. They maintain the health of the surrounding bone and teeth supported by implants are very secure and comfortable.
- What is an implant?
An implant is a cylinder made of the metal titanium. It can be imagined as an artificial tooth root. Implants are available in different widths and lengths to enable them to be placed in different positions. There is a thread on the metal surface so that when it is placed there is no movement.
- How does an implant work?
The titanium surface has unique properties that encourage new bone to grow onto the implant. This is called osseointegration. Once this has occurred the implant is effectively locked into the jaw bone and is very stable. A precision – made metal cylinder called an abutment can then attached to the implant. Impressions are taken of the abutment enabling crowns, bridges, or dentures to be supported.
- If I have implants placed will I have to go without any teeth?
No. You should not have to be without teeth during the treatment. There are ways to replace teeth with temporary bridges or dentures while implants are healing. Sometimes, in favourable situations, implants can support missing teeth immediately.
- How are implants placed?
The gum is made numb and carefully raised. A small hole is made in the bone to receive the implant and then the gum is replaced. Healing occurs underneath the gum over a period of time.
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