What is a Dental Implant ?
Dental Implant is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge or a denture .
Whether you are missing a single tooth , multiple teeth or looking for a more secure alternative to a denture, a dental implant may be an excellent restoration option. A tooth consists of 2 main parts the part that is visible above the gum line which is called the crown and the part which anchors the tooth into the bone this is called the root.
How does Dental Implant work ?
A Dental Implant is an artificial root made of Titanium to which a fabricated crown, bridge or denture is attached. When a missing tooth is replaced with an implant the bone actually grows around the implant (Osseointegration) making a strong foundation for a restoration. This way a replacement tooth can function like a real tooth making it easier to eat, talk and smile with confidence.
Before the treatment begins adequate anaesthetic is given to make the procedure comfortable for you. The bone is then drilled to accept the implant, the implant is then placed in the bone, a healing cap is then attached. After this phase of the procedure the bone is then fused to the implant. Once the implant is integrated with bone the healing cap is then replaced with abutment which sits above the gum line. Whether you are getting an implant to replace a single tooth or multiple implants for a bridge or to support a denture, dental implants have a natural feel and function offering you a long term solution for missing teeth.
Implant Supported Denture
Having loose dentures can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. An Implant supported denture ensures the denture is stabilised. An implant is an artificial root made of Titanium that fuses to the bone enabling the denture to be held in place.
Types of Implant Supported Dentures
1. Removable – can be removed for cleaning and are available in different styles- Bar retained or Ball retained or locator retained.
2. Fixed – screw fixed Dentures – only removed by a Dentist.
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