Dental implants are fixtures that are used to support restorations that replace missing teeth. Most dental implants are made from titanium metal that is specifically engineered for use in dentistry. Titanium is exceptionally well tolerated by the body which allows the majority of patients to successfully accommodate dental implants.
There are many reasons why a patient may require teeth to be replaced. The engineering of dental implants allows for many different “tooth” components to be attached to the implant itself. This allows for a very versatile fixture that can be used to support individual teeth, multiple teeth or a full arch of missing teeth. The material used for the replacement teeth varies depending upon the type of restoration being provided.
A patient considering implant dentistry must be carefully assessed and their case uniquely planned to evaluate their needs. The consultation process allows for important information to be gathered and conveyed so that the patient is well informed. Further assessments including x-rays are often prescribed following the initial consultation.
The duration of implant treatment can vary depending on the complexity of the case. Most implant treatment is completed within six months. However, where preparatory work is required or advanced procedures are necessary, the duration of treatment can increase.
Dental implants have revolutionised the way in which missing teeth can now be replaced. Modern technological advances mean that the choices available to patients are far greater than ever before and a well-maintained implant restoration can provide many years of satisfaction for the patient.