Reasons for using dental implants
A dental implant is a titanium post, attached to the bone in place of the root, used to support fixed bridges, crowns, and dentures. Supporting false or crowned teeth in this manner means that the tooth is permanently fixed to the gum, and eliminates the need for filing down the neighbouring, healthy, teeth.
Fitting dental implants
Surgery is required to attach the implant to the jawbone. Each implant normally takes between one and two hours to insert. The patient may need to take a day or two off work to recover from the surgery.
We must then wait for three to six months to ensure the bone and gum heal naturally around the implant, making a bond strong enough to support the load of the new teeth.
During this time, the patient is provided with temporary false teeth, either in the form of an adhesive bridge or dentures.
Once your dentist has checked and ensured that the implants are securely bonded with the jawbone, the false teeth will be attached. The implants themselves should not be visible when you are talking or eating, but you need to be able to see them in order to clean them properly. Your dentist will advise you on the correct way of cleaning and maintaining your dental implants and false teeth.