What are dental implants?
A dental implant essentially substitutes for a missing tooth root to replace damaged or missing teeth. It is commonly cylindrical or screw-shaped. Each implant is carefully and precisely drilled into the location of the intended tooth and provides a foundation for long-term support of replacement teeth. Almost all dental implants in use today are made from titanium or titanium alloy. These materials have been shown to be well tolerated by bone. The terms ‘osseointegrated implants’ and ‘endosseous implants’ are widely used to describe dental implants that can develop and maintain a close union with bone in order to support replacement teeth.
Are they for me?
Implants are becoming increasingly popular when it comes to replacing lost or damaged teeth, and we recommend them to our patients as the most permanent, comfortable and natural looking option.
Almost any situation can potentially be treated with this procedure, however various factors need to be taken into consideration such as:
- Bone volume and quality
- Tooth and jaw relationships
- Oral habits
- General medical health