Implants are one way of replacing missing teeth. A post is planted in the jaw bone to support a replacement tooth. This acts like the root of a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to support fixed bridges or dentures.
Implant treatment normally has two stages. First, the implant is placed in the jaw. Then, when the jaw has healed, replacement teeth are attached to the implant.
In some situations it is possible for temporary teeth to be attached to an implant at the time of fitting.
Implants usually have two sections – the post in the jaw and an extension that is added later when the post is secure. Attaching the extension needs a small cut in the gum above the implant. You might have more than one implant. The replacement teeth might be fixed permanently (like a crown or bridge) or attached in a way which lets you remove them for cleaning (like a denture).
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DDS, IQE, MFDS RCS Eng, MClinDent in Prosthodontics UCL, MRD RCS Eng Prosthodontist Specialist
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Wassim graduated in 1993. He then worked in various hospitals and dental practices. His experience in the UK included a Senior House Officer and then a Staff Grade jobs in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery departments.
He became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2006.
A dental implant is effectively a titanium screw which is placed directly into your jawbone, replacing the missing root. Your body then fuses to the titanium over the subsequent months anchoring it in place. A false tooth, bridge or denture is then fitted to the top of the implant.
- Improved speech. Poor-fitting dentures can move around in your mouth, causing you to mumble or slur your words.
- Implants avoid damage to your surrounding healthy teeth.
- Implants can prevent loss of bone in the area of the missing teeth
- Dental implants eliminate the inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
- Enhanced enjoyment of food. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favourite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
- Dental implants allow you eat, talk and laugh with confidence.
The success rate of implants in the upper jaw is approximately 90-95% and in the lower jaw 95-97%.
Some implants have lasted over thirty years. The average expectancy is based upon numerous variables, such as the patient’s health and proper maintenance.
No! Health is the determining factor. Many seventy- and eighty-year olds are a better surgical risk than someone years younger with poor general health. Older individuals are more likely to need implants because they have lost more teeth.
There is no way that we can guarantee that an implant will take. The success rate is very high however even if an implant is placed in perfect bone in a healthy patient and all advice is followed there is still a risk of failure.
Following placement of implants, it is normal to experience some discomfort and swelling. Also on occasion some bruising may occur. Swelling tends to peak at day two or three after surgery then subsides. Mild painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol are usually sufficient.