What are dental implants?
Dental implants are of a similar size and appearance to a screw. They are precision manufactured – usually from titanium or titanium alloy – and are used to form an artificial tooth root which supports one or more replacement teeth.
The implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone and are used to support a restoration such as a crown, bridge or denture, enabling the patient to have replacement teeth which appear and feel like natural healthy teeth.
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When are dental implants a suitable choice of treatment?
Dental implant treatment can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full arch of teeth.
- For a Single Tooth a single dental implant can be placed and an abutment is fixed followed by a crown as a replacement for the missing tooth.
- For Multiple Teeth a number of implants can be placed, abutments attached and crowns or dental bridgework are used to replace the missing teeth.
- For patients with No Teeth at All in one or both arches there are 2 main options:
- Implant supported fixed denture – a number of implants are securely attach a fixed denture which can only be removed by your dentist.
- Implant retained removable denture – a number of implants are used to securely attach a denture which can be removed by yourself when necessary.
Who is suitable for implant treatment?
Generally any adult who is in good health will be suitable.
Prior to treatment implant dentist will complete an assessment of the condition of the patient’s mouth and jaw bone structure to assess whether the patient is suitable for treatment or whether additional treatment is required before the implants are placed.
Factors such as regular drinking or smoking and pre-existing health conditions will be taken into consideration as part of the assessment in determining the patients suitability to receive implants.
There is no upper age limit for receiving implant treatment. However, the treatment cannot be carried out on anyone in their growing years because of the continuing development of the jawbone.
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