Implants and Oral Surgery
Dental implants are long term solutions to replace missing teeth. A titanium screw is placed in the jaw bone and, after healing, a crown is fixed on top. The result is a dental implant that looks and functions as a natural tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or several.
We always ensure that you fully understand all your options for treatment, as well as the dental implant procedure.
One of the best ways to replace missing teeth is dental implants. They generally look and feel better than other alternatives such as removable dentures and fixed bridges. Modern implants look and feel natural. Dental implants are root-like structures made of titanium, a material which the body easily accepts. They are surgically inserted into the jaw bone at the site of the missing tooth, and a protective cover screw is placed temporarily on the implant while it fuses with the jawbone (osseointegration). An interim denture can also be placed over the implant immediately after surgery, to be worn for the duration of the healing time.
An implant crown is placed after healing to complete the replacement tooth.
Implants offer many advantages over dentures. To help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of both please see our Pros and Cons list. Before we recommend an implant or denture option our dentist will talk through the benefits and costs.
As the name implies, a dental bridge literally bridges the gap of the missing tooth. The bridge is anchored to the adjacent teeth and to do so these teeth are permanently filed down in order to place the crown as functional support. This process may weaken the adjacent teeth, making them vulnerable to decay. Implants may be a better longer term solution – please review the pros and cons of each here and discuss further with your dentists.