A dental implant is a metal rod that is inserted into your jawbone in the case of tooth loss.
This rod gradually fuses with the bone of your jaw and acts as a solid root that a crown, bridge or denture can be attached to. Leaving gaps in your mouth can affect the structure of your jaw as well as change the shape of your face. This happens when the bone gradually deteriorates because there is no tooth root supporting it, causing sagging in your cheeks and mouth. A dental implant supports the jaw as well as the surrounding teeth. Implants allow patients to eat, talk and smile with confidence as they provide a stable structure for dentures to join to. Implants can be used to replace one or more teeth and provide a long lasting, natural and reliable solution to tooth loss.
Choosing implants has many advantages including:
- There is no need to remove or alter surrounding teeth
- They are easy to clean
- Patients can eat as normal
- The bone structure is protected
- They provide a natural-looking solution
Understanding more about implant treatment and consent:
More about the procedure:
Dental implant treatment involves several visits to the surgery, including an operation under a local anaesthetic to insert the implant into the jawbone. The implant needs several months to blend with your bone before dentures can be attached. During this time, a temporary denture can be worn.