Dental implants are used to replace a missing tooth. They are becoming a more frequently chosen treatment option which has been proven to be successful over many years.
What is an Implant?
- Basically, an implant is a titanium ‘screw’ which is inserted into the jaw to replace a missing tooth. This implant can then have a crown attached to the top to replace a tooth.
- Sometimes if someone is missing multiple teeth they can replace them with multiple implants or use the implants to support a dental bridge.
- Multiple implants can also be used to attach full or partial dentures to which wearing dentures much more stable.
Patients who have had an implant report being pleasantly surprised with the ease and lack of discomfort involved in the surgery and restoration.
The first stage of an Implant- The Surgical Stage:
We refer our patients to a specialist for the surgical placement of implants. Usually 3-dimensional imaging is requested by the surgeon to ensure the implant is going into the safest location possible. If for some reason there is insufficient bone available for the implant, the area may require a bone graft using bone substitute material. If this is required, the specialist will discuss this with you. Generally there is around a 3 month period of waiting for the bone to integrate into the implant, providing stability.
The final stage of an Implant- The Restorative Stage:
In the restorative stage the implant can then be restored here at CDP. This usually involves an impression appointment followed by an insert appointment a couple of weeks later. These appointments are painless and usually do not require local anaesthetics.
Implants do not mean you will never have to see a dentist again. They do require regular professional cleaning to prevent complications caused by poor gum health. Regular examinations are needed to ensure the bone is healthy and the restoration is not loosening.