Dental implants are a solution to the problem of missing teeth. Having teeth missing can make us feel self conscious about how we look and also cause us problems with eating or speaking.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth.
It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.
What are the options for implant tooth replacement?
Single Tooth Replacement: Either immediately (at the same time an implant is placed) or after a period of healing, an abutment is attached to the implant. This is a device that joins the implant to a crown. The crown replaces the part of the tooth you see in the mouth. The crown is custom-made for you by a specialist dental laboratory to match to your existing teeth. The crown is cemented or screwed onto the abutment to permanently keep it in place. Once the crown is in place, it should be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Fixed Multiple Tooth Replacement: As with single tooth replacement, temporary healing caps or abutments may be placed on multiple implants until the healing phase is complete. After healing, permanent abutments are attached to the implants. They can attach to custom-made crowns or bridgework that the dental laboratory will fabricate to match your existing teeth. In the final step, the custom bridge, which will replace multiple teeth, is cemented or screwed onto the abutments. The teeth have been replaced without disturbing the healthy teeth next to them, and bone loss has been halted.
Removable Implant-Supported Tooth Replacement: If all your teeth are missing, 2-6 implants may be used to support a denture. A new denture clips onto the implants making it much more stable and comfortable. This will give you more confidence in wearing a denture and minimise future loss of your jaw bone.