About Dental Implants...
When tooth implants became a possibility it solved a problem of my having lost teeth in the past.
Would You Like To Know More About Dental Implants?
We offer free initial consultations for all prospective implant patients – just call us to make an appointment. Even if you have previously considered implants but decided they are not for you, it may still be worth coming to talk to us – there are always new developments coming through.
If you would like to know a little more before coming to see us then we hope that you’ll find the following sections useful.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small screw or cylinder, made from Titanium alloy. It acts as a replacement ‘root’ of a tooth and can support a crown or bridge, or it can be used to secure dentures in place.
The implant system consists of:
- the implant itself, which is inserted into the bone;
- the abutment, which is attaches to the implant,
- and the crown or bridge, which attaches to the abutment
Overall treatment time for a standard implant, from initial consultation to final fitting of the crown, is typically 6 – 9 months.
An additional use of implants is to anchor dentures, particularly in older patients where the gum has shrunk due to bone reduction. Instead of carrying a crown or bridge, the abutment incorporates a press stud that clips the denture in place.
There is also the “mini-implant” system, where the implant and abutment are incorporated into a single unit. These systems can be used where there is only a small gap to be filled or to retain dentures using the “press stud” fastener. The mini-implant is much quicker to fit than traditional implants with benefits seen immediately the implants are placed.