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Dental implants offer a fixed long term solution for your missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth.  Often the implant can be placed at the same time as removal of the tooth all on the same day.

The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughness on the implant surface.  In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.

Are implants for me?

You should discuss with your dentist whether implants would be right for you.  Patients need to have healthy gums, enough jawbone to take the posts and support the replacement teeth. They must also be prepared to maintain good mouth hygiene and visit the dentist regularly.

Dental implant patients need to be in good general health, because of the surgery needed.  Some chronic diseases, such as diabetes, osteoporosis or chronic sinus problems, could interfere with healing and make implants more likely to fail. Make sure that you tell your dentist about any medicines that you take regularly, and your smoking habits.

Implants involve undergoing surgery twice or more over a period of several months.  Since they are complicated form of treatment, implants can be expensive.

What will my dentist do?

We will tell you about the stages of treatment, who would be carrying out each stage and the timetable for completing treatment.  You might be referred to a specialist.

Bone is exposed in the jaw where the tooth is missing. Then a hole is drilled and a metal post is inserted into the bone.  This is usually done under local anaesthetic, but sometimes sedation or general anaesthetic is used.  The gum is then stitched over the post and it’s left to heal for several months, until the bone has grown around the post, making it secure.  You may be provided with a temporary denture at this point if teeth have been extracted to make way for your new implants.

A second operation then happens, in which replacement teeth are mounted onto the implants. This requires a small cut in the gum above the implant. The replacement teeth might be single or in a group, and possibly as a “bridge”, attached to neighbouring natural teeth. They may be fixed permanently or attached in a way that lets you remove them for cleaning.

Dental implants are the treatment of choice to replace single or multiple missing teeth.  This is because they are made of titanium and are predictable, with a 95% success rate. Titanium is biocompatible, so the body will not reject the material. Therefore, it doesn’t give way to negative side effects. Because of this, an implant is a long-term solution to replacing missing teeth.

When a crown is placed over the implant, it looks like a natural tooth and no one can tell that any work has been done. A replacement tooth will blend in with the patient’s existing teeth and allow them to feel confident and gives you a smile that you can be proud of.

At So Dental we want to use the absolute best for our patients and for that reason we chose Nobel Biocare as our dental implant educator and provider.

Nobel Biocare is a world leader in the field of innovative implant-based dental restorations – from single-tooth to fully edentulous indications.

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