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Dental Implants

Implants are one way of replacing missing teeth. Unlike other forms of replacement teeth, dental implants are small metal or ceramic devices not unlike a screw fitting which are inserted into the jaw during surgery. Teeth, in the form of a crown, bridge or denture are then attached to the implant.

Benefits:
Some people have real difficulties with removable dentures. Implants can overcome these difficulties, in particular for eating and speaking properly and they may improve appearance. If a denture is necessary, implants can greatly improve stability. People will not be able to see that your teeth are supported by implants. Implants can be used in place of bridges, for example when adjacent teeth may not be strong enough to support a bridge or if patients have spaced teeth.

You should discuss with your dentist whether implants would be right for you. Patients need to have healthy gums and enough jawbone to take the implant that supports the replacement teeth although techniques are available to add addition bone if needed. They must also be prepared to maintain good mouth hygiene and visit the dentist regularly.

Procedure:

  • Bone is exposed in the jaw where the tooth is missing. Then a hole is drilled and the implant is inserted into the bone. This is usually done under a local anaesthetic, but sometimes sedation or a general anaesthetic is necessary. The gum is then stitched over the implant and it’s left to heal for a few months. This allows bone to grow around the implant and to make it secure.
  • A second procedure is then planned, in which replacement teeth are mounted onto the implant. This requires a small cut in the gum above the implant. Once the soft tissues have healed the replacement teeth may be fixed permanently or attached in a way that lets you remove them for cleaning. The replacement teeth might be single or in a group and possible as a bridge attached to neighbouring natural teeth.


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