Dental implants have revolutionised the way dental professionals can restore the function and appearance of their patient’s teeth.
This innovative technology is a highly viable treatment for patients with missing teeth, that does not threaten the integrity of existing natural tooth structures. Traditionally, replacing missing teeth meant that only two uncomfortable treatments were available to patients – dentures and dental bridges, and these never properly recreated the function and aesthetic of missing teeth.
Dental implants differ from traditional treatments as they provide a foundation for prosthetic tooth replacements that is permanent and strong without altering the health or integrity of surrounding teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are required when a patient has suffered single or multiple tooth loss due to an oral trauma, tooth decay or gum disease. Our implants are made of a titanium alloy, which provides long-lasting strength and high compatibility with the jaw bone material. Dental implants are essentially ‘screws’ that are placed into the jawbone, and are a substitute for a missing tooth root.
Over a period of three to six months, a successful titanium implant integrates with the jaw bone (a process called osseointegration), creating a permanent foundation for prosthetic teeth or fixed dentures. These can be used to replace a single tooth, or an entire upper (maxillary) or lower (mandible) arch.