Dental implants are made of titanium and are inserted into the bone in place of the missing roots. Titanium becomes attached to the bone in a process known as “osteointegration”.
These implants can be used as follows:
- to replace a single tooth: usually one implant in placed, onto which a crown is fitted.
- to replace multiple teeth: two or more implants are used to support a fixed bridge.
- to stabilise dentures: this method can be very useful for people whose mouths do not give the natural support necessary to hold a conventional denture in place.
Implants are supported by over 30 years of research and have an excellent success rate.
Martin has over 25 years experience in the use of dental implants. He is particularly careful to assess when they are appropriate and equally when they are not. As a restorative consultant and specialist the best alternatives are also considered.
The implant is placed with great care, using local analgesia. Sedation techniques are also available.
It usually takes several months for complete "osseointegration" of the implant to occur, after which the final restoration (crown, bridge or denture) is attached. In this way it's possible to "reconstruct" teeth so that the whole mouth functions and looks pleasing and natural.
Whilst the implants "osseointegrate", a temporary placement is often necessary so the patients are never left without teeth.
Same Day Teeth
If bone quality is good, a temporary crown or bridge can be attached directly on to the implant(s) on the same day. We have been placing "same day teeth" for over 20 years. This is a very successful procedure but not appropriate for all situations.
If the bone quality is less good, a temporary bridge can be attached to the neighbouring teeth or a removable denture made.