Dental implants restore jawbone health and are considered to be the most effective way to replace missing teeth.
Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically inserted into your jawbone. As titanium is a highly biocompatible material, the body is tricked into thinking it’s accommodating a new body part. Over a period of several months, the implant fuses with your jaw, resulting in a permanent solution to tooth loss. As dentures are a removable solution, they can’t offer the same protection and stability for your teeth.
We will need to make sure you have enough bone density to support a dental implant. If not, we will suggest a bone graft so that your jawbone can accommodate the implant. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth so that an aesthetic restoration (a crown or bridge) can be made to fit over your implant once it has healed. After your initial consultation, you may require a special digital Cone beam CT scan be undertaken to radiographically assess the treatment area more accurately. Once we have established your suitability, we can go ahead with surgically placing the implant into your jawbone in our specialist facility. After a period of about 6 months, we can fit your restoration over the top, leaving you with an aesthetic, functional and fixed solution to tooth loss.
Jawbone loss is one of the less well-known consequences of tooth loss that is often overlooked. When you lose a tooth, your jawbone does not receive the right degree of stimulation it needs to stay healthy. As dental implants confront this, your jawbone can repair itself and stay healthy for life. Unlike dentures, dental implants can be cared for as if they were a real tooth – no specialist care is required, and they can last a lifetime if properly looked after.