Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth – implants are basically titanium cylinder screws that are placed in the gums, which over a few months, the body accepts as a new root. A porcelain tooth is then placed on top of the root and a beautiful restoration that should last a lifetime is the result.
Teeth can be lost for many reasons – decay, gum disease or sometimes after an accident. Missing teeth often lead to feelings of self-consciousness. Dental implants are the latest way to replace spaces, literally by building a new tooth and root.
Implants are long lasting and look great, and they don’t damage the other adjacent teeth that could be caused by dentures or bridges. Implanted teeth are stronger than natural teeth and many patients report the renewed ability to eat all sorts of foods when once they could only manage soft foods.
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At an initial consultation, we take impressions of your teeth and mouth using digital x-ray equipment. We will make a thorough assessment to ensure that this type of treatment really is suitable for you. Most people are suitable, but individuals have to be over 16 to 18 years of age and teeth to have stopped growing.
If you are suitable, treatment starts with the placing of the implant with a simple operation that reaches into the jawbone. This is then left undisturbed for around six months by which time the titanium fuses into the bone much like a natural tooth is lodged in the bone. Impressions are then taken and a porcelain tooth is built. The procedure is complete when your dentist exposes the end of the implant through the gum and a porcelain tooth is placed on top.