A dental implant is a small titanium screw, that replaces the root portion of a missing natural tooth before being covered with a crown. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, the dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a secure anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace either single teeth or all of your teeth in both the upper and lower jaw.
Dental implants have revolutionised restorative dentistry. They are the most advanced technological treatment option available. They offer permanent replacement to loose and missing teeth and can be a viable alternative to wearing dentures, rebuilding confidence with a functional and secure smile. They are a permanent and fixed solution for missing teeth, providing patients with the nearest possible alternative to their natural dentition.
Will dental implants work for me?
If you are missing a tooth or teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Your dentist will assess your suitability based on the amount of available bone. It might be that other approaches are recommended, such as a crown, a bridge or dentures.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Permanent – A secure and permanent solution to missing teeth normally lasting the lifetime of the owner
- Improved appearance – Dental implants can stop the process of jawbone shrinkage due to tooth loss where dentures or bridges cannot.
- Preserve natural teeth – With traditional bridges, adjacent teeth are normally ground down to provide anchors. Dental implants can eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
Your Smiles Dental implantologist will carefully insert your implants before placing a protective cover over them. The initial implant normally takes approx. 45 minutes and is under local anaesthetic. The implant integrates with the bone of your jaw over a period of three to six months, as the bone grows around the screw and holds it firmly in place. A crown is then placed over the implant to replace the original natural tooth.
Having a dental implant is a lifelong investment. At Smiles Dental, our dentists have chosen the following Dental Implant systems for their unrivalled durability
Bicon Dental Implants
The Bicon System allows the dentist to consistently offer functional and gingivally aesthetic restorations to patients, so that they may truly enjoy implant prostheses that look and feel like natural teeth. Additionally, the odors and tastes associated with screws are avoided.
The special feature of the STRAUMANN® Implant System is its extremely stable implant-to-abutment connection, which provides a ideal fit to make your dental implant as secure as possible.
The “macro design” describes the outer shape of the implant. Screw implants commonly used today, can be differentiated by depth, distance and the angle of the threaded profile. In quality implants a sophisticated thread design with many years of clinical testing provides the necessary stability in the jaw (primary stability) right from the beginning, and allows for gentle insertion in the patient’s mouth for both soft and hard bone.
we use the Swedish designed and manufactured system widely regarded as the ‘gold standard’ dental implants. Having a dental implant is a lifelong investment. To be sure of choosing the right implant system, you should ask your dentist three important questions.