Dental Implants are an effective option to replace a missing tooth or a number of teeth. An implant consists of an artificial titanium rod which is placed directly into the jaw bone and acts as a replacement for the root portion of the natural tooth. The implant is made using pure titanium which allows new bone cells to grow around it: the implant then integrates with the newly formed bone which firmly locks it into place. This process is called ‘Osseointegration’.
A Dental Implant can be used to replace:
- Single tooth replacement – One implant will be placed, a crown will then be fixed on top of the implant.
- Several teeth replacement – Multiple implants will be placed, either individual ceramic crowns will be placed on individual implants one bridge will be fitted onto the implants.
- “Clip on denture” (Implant retained denture) – 2-4 implants will be used to firmly hold a removable denture, the dentures will need to be out of the mouth at night time.
- “All on X” (Full arch implant bridge) – A number of implants are placed, then either a fixed bridge will be fitted onto the implants or the implants will be used to firmly hold a removable denture. See our All on X page.