Dental implants are a popular and effective tooth replacement option for individuals who have lost one or more teeth due to various reasons, such as injury, decay, or gum disease. Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
Here are the key points about dental implants:
1. Implant Structure: Dental implants are typically made of titanium. The implant itself is a small, screw-like post that is surgically placed into the jawbone.
2. Osseointegration: After the implant is placed in the jawbone, a process called osseointegration occurs. This is the fusion of the implant with the surrounding bone tissue. It provides a strong and stable foundation for the artificial tooth.
3. Abutment: Once osseointegration is complete, an abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment is a connector piece that protrudes above the gum line. It serves as the attachment point for the artificial tooth or crown.
4. Crown or Prosthesis: The final step is the placement of the artificial tooth, which is custom-made to match the patient's natural teeth in size, shape, and colour. This artificial tooth, often called a crown, is then attached to the abutment.
5. Types of Implants: There are different types of dental implants, including endosteal implants (which are placed within the jawbone) and subperiosteal implants (which sit on top of the jawbone and are suitable for patients with insufficient bone height).
o Dental implants provide a stable and durable tooth replacement solution.
o They look and function like natural teeth, allowing for normal eating and speaking.
o They don't rely on adjacent teeth for support, preserving the integrity of neighbouring teeth.
o Implants help prevent bone loss in the jaw, which can occur when a tooth is lost.
7. Candidates: Dental implants are suitable for most adults who are in good overall health and have adequate bone density to support the implant. If necessary, bone grafting can be done to augment bone volume.
8. Care and Maintenance: Dental implants require regular oral hygiene and dental check-ups, much like natural teeth. Proper care helps ensure the long-term success of the implant.
9. Success Rate: Dental implants have a high success rate when placed by a skilled oral surgeon. Success rates can exceed 95% when performed on ideal candidates.
10. Cost: The cost of dental implants can vary depending on factors such as the number of implants needed, the type of restoration, and geographic location. A single implant starts from £2,495 at Hermitage Dental Practice.
Dental implants have revolutionized the field of restorative dentistry, offering a permanent and aesthetically pleasing solution for missing teeth. They can significantly improve a person's quality of life by restoring their ability to eat, smile, and speak with confidence. If you are considering dental implants, please contact us on 01530 510533 to book an appointment for an implant consultation with one of our specialists.