Dental implants are the gold standard for the replacement of missing teeth. They can be used to replace one or many teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of two parts;
- A titanium post, just like a tooth root, which is placed into the jawbone, below the gum line.
- A tooth or many teeth are attached to the top of the post
They act as permanent teeth, and unlike dentures , do not need to be removed once they have been fitted.
A single tooth or many teeth can be replaced with implants. You do not necessarily need to replace each tooth with an implant as often an implant can support more than one tooth.
The Dental Implant Process
Depending upon the overall plan, implants can be used for replacing a single missing tooth, for securing dentures, or for making the transition from failing teeth to an implant supported bridge.
Once the titanium post is rooted in the bone cells of your jaw, it has the strength of a real tooth and is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Individual replacement teeth are then screwed into each of the implants, or a full arch of teeth is attached to the implants
At Brucegate Dental Practice we use Nobel Biocare implants, which have long proven track record of quality, safety and success. The are the global leader in implants, which means wherever you are in the world you will be able to find a dentist to maintain or repair your implants now and for the lifetime of the implants. More information can be viewed on their website http://www.nobelsmile.co.uk/en_gb/
Implants are a safe, well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. It’s probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them.
Taking Care of Your Implants
How well you look after your implants – and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last.
You will be given an implant “passport” detailing the codes of your implants and procedures so where ever you are in the world, you have the information to allow another dentist to assist you with your care.
If uncared for implants can get a type of gum disease, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. To prevent this we encourage regular visits to one of our hygienists who can advise on the best home maintenance regime and provide professional cleaning.
If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years.
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