Dental implants are screw-like fixtures made of titanium or a titanium alloy which are placed surgically into the jaw bone and, once bonded with the bone, are used to support a tooth replacement. Implants may be used to replace a single tooth, by supporting a crown, or multiple teeth, by supporting fixed bridgework or a removable denture.
As a specialist periodontal practice we can work with your general dentist to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants and, if so, we can undertake the surgical placement of your dental implant(s). Once the implant has bonded with the bone-usually a period of two to three months-then we can refer you back to your dentist to have the superstructure made and fitted.
While dental implants now have been used widely around the world and many millions have been placed, not all individuals are suitable candidates. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes can affect healing and smoking is a significant risk factor for implant failure. Local factors such as insufficient amounts of bone, poor oral hygiene or active periodontal disease may also mean that implants are not a suitable option.
Dental implants, like teeth, must be cared for carefully to ensure that their foundations remain sound. Careful oral hygiene - toothbrushing, flossing etc- are critical to keep plaque away from the implant and to keep the supporting tissues healthy, as are regular dental visits and hygiene care.