A dental implant is a metal post used to hold a false tooth (or teeth) in place, and is inserted directly into the jawbone. It is designed to function in the same way as the roots of natural teeth, with an internal screw or clip that allows replacement teeth to be securely fitted.
Because dental implants are so strong, a single rod can support several false teeth. For patients having all their teeth replaced, at least 6 implants are needed in the upper jaw and a further 4 to 6 in the lower jaw.
The insertion of a dental implant is a tried-and-tested surgical procedure usually carried out under local anaesthetic. Whether or not a patient can have them depends on the condition of their jaw. This is established by several special tests that determine how much bone is there and if it is strong and healthy enough.
Teeth can sometimes be fitted during the same procedure, though usually patients will need to wait several months for the bone to fuse to the titanium before permanent teeth are put in.
Implants can be used to support dentures, crowns and bridges and will last a lifetime if looked after properly. Just like natural teeth, they are susceptible to being broken or becoming infected, so good dental hygiene is necessary. Your dentist will give you detailed advice on how to care for your teeth and gums and may suggest that you see a hygienist more regularly.
If you think you may benefit from dental implants, or would like to know more about them then contact Smile Pad today. We can administer dental implants in Bristol, London, Chertsey and Salisbury. Whilst dental implants are a well-established treatment, every patient is different so getting a full picture is necessary before any procedure is carried out. If you decide to go ahead, you will be provided with a full treatment plan including any aftercare. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist how much experience they have, and if a guarantee is included in the price.