What is it?
Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. A small metal or ceramic device is screwed into the jaw bone. This device holds the replacement teeth, be it in the form of a crown, bridge or denture. Implants are suited for people with healthy gums and in good general health, prepared to maintain good oral hygiene.
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What does it involve?
The treatment involves oral surgery and takes place in stages over a period of several months, usually under a local anaesthetic. First the bone of the jaw will be exposed, a hole will be drilled and the implant will be inserted into the bone. The gums will be sewn to cover the implant. This will need to heal for several months so the bone can grow around the implant. After that the replacement teeth are put in place over the implant. They can be fixed or removable for cleaning.
What are the benefits?
- More stable alternative to removable dentures
- Less difficulty eating and speaking
- Implants are invisible and can improve the appearance of your teeth
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If only one tooth has been extracted or is missing, a single implant can be fitted in the gap between the two adjacent teeth without harming them. The implant can hold a porcelain crown made to closely match your natural teeth to the extent that it may even be indistinguishable from them.
A gap with several missing teeth in a row can be fixed using multiple teeth rehab. Multiple implants and crowns will be connected to one another as a bridge. As with single implants there will be one session to place the implants and another to fit the crowns.
Extensive tooth loss due to injury or decay can be treated with a full mouth rehabilitation. It means that all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws are extracted and restored simultaneously. The dentist will create detailed records of your mouth and develop a step-by-step treatment plan to correct the problems.