Implant Supported Restorations
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a modern, normally long-lasting solution to replace one or more missing teeth by supporting a crown, bridge or denture.
Implants are titanium screws, which are surgically threaded into the bone of the jaw, generally in the position of the missing tooth/teeth roots. They are like small posts that act as replacements for the root portion of lost natural teeth. They also serve as a strong, comfortable anchor which allows for the attachment of a prosthetic tooth such as a crown or bridge over the top.
Once the implant is inserted over the next few months the bone grows onto and integrates with the surface of the implant. This usually takes between three to six months. Whilst waiting for the bone to integrate with the implant, a temporary denture, bridge or bonded resin tooth is worn.
What are implants made of?
Implants are made from either medical grade commercially pure titanium or titanium alloy. They are manufactured under strict engineering and infection control protocols and are provided in sterile packaging to the dentist who is to insert them.
What are the advantages/disadvantages of implant supported restorations?
Implant supported restorations look, feel and function just like natural teeth. For many people they make a big difference to the quality of their life, giving them more confidence in the stability of their teeth and more comfortable chewing than dentures.
Unlike a bridge, an implant restoration is a stand alone structure and is not dependant on adjacent teeth for any support.
One disadvantage is that in more complex cases treatment can take up to or over a year.
Are implant supported restorations for me?
Generally speaking, most people who have missing teeth (or are at risk of losing teeth) are candidates for implant supported restorations. There are a number of factors that will determine whether or not you are suitable. We would need a consultation with you to be able to ensure we provide you with an accurate response to this question.
With any surgical procedure there are risks and you should always consider getting a second opinion from another practitioner before having surgery of any kind. Please ask all the questions you need to and take your time before committing to any invasive procedure.