A dental implant is an artificial substitute/replacement for the root portion of your natural tooth and is anchored into a pre-drilled socket in your jaw-bone to support a crown, bridge or secure a denture firmly in place. Implants are made from titanium, a material that is well tolerated by bone and integrates easily with bone tissue. During the placement of a dental implant, the implant and the surrounding bone tissue “fuse” together, creating a stable support for the new teeth.
As the closest replacement for natural teeth available, implants provide excellent function as well as appearance. The implant is placed during a brief operation usually requiring only local anaesthetic. Teeth implants are an ideal option for non-smoking patients in good general health, who have good oral hygiene.
People lose teeth all the time, either through trauma (when teeth are knocked out) or due to decay, gum disease or age. Whatever the reason for losing your teeth, they need to be replaced, both for aesthetic and functional reasons. Dental implants are one of the most popular treatment to replace missing teeth, as they provide a longer-term solution, slow down bone loss and preserve nearby healthy tooth tissue.
Traditionally, an implant placed into your bone supports a single crown and this is know as a “single tooth implant”. However, if you have several missing teeth, you do not necessarily need an implant for every missing tooth: two implants can support several teeth via a bridge or denture. The number of implants required depends on the volume and density of bone tissue available at each implant site.
In the case of full-mouth reconstructions, where an arch of several teeth (10+) needs to be supported in either the upper or lower jaw, a minimum of five to six implants in each jaw would be required. The exact number of implants needed would depend on the individual case and we would be able to advise you on the best solution after a thorough examination and assessment.
Dental implants have been used for over 30 years to replace missing teeth and they can last a lifetime depending on how well you look after them. Like any other restoration, your implant-supported teeth can still be damaged by trauma and affected by gum disease and poor oral hygiene.
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