If you have a missing tooth or teeth, dental implants may be recommended instead of having conventional crown, a bridge or dentures. A dental implant replaces the root of the tooth and provides a much more stable foundation for a replacement crown to be fitted.
A dental implant is a non-corrosive titanium metal rod which is placed into the jawbone on to which a synthetic tooth is fitted. Titanium is a very biocompatible metal the body accepts without problems.
A gentle surgical procedure is used to replace the original root with the implant. The implant is then left for some months, to allow the bone to naturally form an ultra strong bond to the implant.
Dental implants are now becoming a more popular treatment to replace missing teeth, as they provide a longer-term solution, slow down bone loss and help to preserve nearby healthy tooth tissue.
The mouth is restored as closely as possible to its natural state and implants help preserve facial structure, by stopping further deterioration of the jaw and restoring shape to the jaw missing teeth can diminish.
Implants increase comfort by eliminating the issues caused by loose fitting dentures and partials.