What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small screw which is placed in the jawbone. It is made from Titanium and other biocompatible materials. An artificial tooth such as a crown can then be attached to the implant which looks and feels like a real tooth. Dental implants can also be used for bridges and attaching full or partial dentures.
Implant and natural tooth
What is involved?
The implant is placed in a single visit under local anaesthesia, so you do not feel anything during the whole surgical procedure The implant is usually left undisturbed under the gum for a period of 3 to 6 months to allow bone to grow and bond around it.
It is then uncovered and connected to a small metal part that will secure and support the artificial tooth.
What are the advantages of Dental Implant?
The adjacent teeth are not damaged or cut in any way. It also helps to prevent bone loss which occurs after a tooth or teeth are extracted. Single tooth implant feels and looks like your own natural tooth.
Am I suitable for Dental Implant?
Not everyone is suitable for implants. In general, you must be in good health, have healthy gums, have adequate bone to support the implant and be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.