Dental implants are one of a variety of ways to replace missing teeth. An implant is a titanium screw which is placed in the bone of the jaw and is then used to support a new tooth, bridge or denture. A formal dental implant consultation is essential as treatment options vary. Quite often it is not necessary to place as many implants as the number of teeth that have been lost in the past and it is only after an in depth examination and discussion that a satisfactory treatment plan is reached. Implants are a safe and reliable treatment that is usually done with a local anaesthetic allowing the patient to go home that day.
The initial treatment stage is the placing of the implant. The gum is then closed over and the implant is allowed to bind into the bone for the next few months and become really stable. During this healing phase, we ensure that a temporary denture or bridge can be worn to avoid noticeable gaps. After sufficient time has been allowed for healing, the next stage involves uncovering the implant and impressions are taken once the gum is deemed suitably healthy. The crown/bridge or denture is then connected to the new tooth to the implant.