A dental implant is an artificial tooth, which is inserted into the jawbone. They are designed to last for many years.
Dental implant techniques can replace one tooth or multiple teeth. Most implants are made from titanium, which strongly integrates with surrounding bone.
Treatment can take between three to six months and is dependent on many factors including;
- general health
- bone quantity/quality
- healing rate
- degree of integration between the bone and the implant
Stage One involves preparing the space for the implant to be placed into the bone. More than one space may need to be prepared depending on how many teeth are missing. The implant is then screwed into the prepared bone. The gum is stitched close over the implant while it all heals. This can be performed under local or general anesthetic. Over the next few months the bone will knit around the implant.
At Stage Two the dentist will make an incision in the gum and fit a cap called and abutment on top of the implant. This will provide stability for the crown (tooth) to sit on. X-rays are taken to ensure everything is placed correctly. A Dental impression is then taken to finalise the tooth design. This impression is then sent to the dental laboratory that creates the crown.
At Stage Three the crown (artificial tooth) is attached to the implant.
Dental implants are strong and long lasting. To maximise their longevity they require more care than a normal tooth. Regular Check – up and cleaning is recommended along with daily brushing and flossing. Smoking increases the risk of implant failure. Please call us at any sign of toothache or gum inflammation.
Every Procedure carries its risks. Please consult a qualified health professional and always seek a second opinion.