Dental implants are artificial fixtures used to replace roots of missing teeth. They are made of titanium which is biocompatible meaning they do not cause any inflammatory response when implanted.
A dental implant is buried into the bone and then left to heal or ‘osseo-integrate’ which is the process where bone grows around and into the threads of the implant to integrate it firmly in the jaw ensuring it is fixed firmly enough to support the ‘false tooth’ in a similar way to how a tooth supports a crown.
A dental implant can be utilised to replace an individual tooth or several missing teeth including situations where you have no teeth present as implants can be used to support crowns, bridges and dentures. Many patients who wear dentures find them uncomfortable and hard to keep in place and in this situation dental implants can be used either to retain the denture in place or even to replace the denture. As well as being used to replace dentures, dental implants can also be used to replace a tooth or teeth that requires extracting or to replace existing bridges. Many patients find bridges difficult to clean efficiently and by replacing them with an implant option can greatly improve oral hygiene.
A great advantage of having dental implants instead of bridges is the preservation of healthy teeth.
Other advantages of dental implants can be:
- Improved cosmetic appearance
- Improved confidence
- Improved oral health-easier to clean
- Improved function of teeth
- No need to remove dentures
Am I suitable for dental implants?
The best way to find out is to come and see us for a consultation where you can discuss your requirements, what you hope to achieve and find out what is possible with options available to your specific case. A treatment plan can then be individually tailored to suit you.
At Langley Dental Clinic we are also able to cater for more advanced implant treatment needs for instance sinus lifts and bone grafting.