What exactly is an implant?
A dental implant is a small screw that acts as an artificial tooth root when placed in the jawbone. It is made of titanium, a metal well-accepted by the body and one that can form a strong bond with the bone to create a stable foundation. An abutment is then fitted to the top of the implant to create an anchor for the placement of a crown, bridge or prosthesis.
Titanium implants are a tried and tested technique and the success rates are higher than conventional dentistry. Long term studies show that ten year success rates are well above 95%
How this helps?
If you are missing one or more teeth, have difficulty eating certain foods, have trouble speaking clearly due to tooth loss or ill-fitting dentures, Dental implants may be the solution for you. Dental implants help to support replacement teeth that look, feel and function like your natural teeth, and can offer many benefits such as:
An implant retained denture is secured by means of a press-stud type attachment rather than floating on the gum, which is an end to wobbly dentures, food trappings and sore gums.
A single tooth replaced
Dental implants are an ideal solution for replacing a single missing tooth and eliminating the need to grind down healthy adjacent teeth as required by traditional crown and bridge procedures.
Many teeth replaced
Implants are also an optional solution for replacing several teeth and can be placed to support individual crowns or a single bridge. Because implants act as replacement tooth roots, support from adjacent healthy teeth is not necessary.