A dental implant is a titanium rod, which is inserted into the jaw bone, and essentially acts as a replacement for a natural root. They are usually either in the form of a screw or a cylinder, and can be used to support one or several replacement (false) teeth. A crown is customarily placed over the implant to act as the replacement tooth, but in certain situations a bridge or a denture may be used instead. For example, they may be used to anchor a denture to prevent it slipping around the mouth.
There are many advantages to be noted with dental implants. They can help to improve or preserve the shape of your face, by preventing the ‘caved in’ appearance that comes with missing teeth. They can make eating food easier and more enjoyable, help to protect your other teeth by filling in gaps, and can also help stimulate bone growth.
If you are interested in dental implants, please ask at the practice for more information. If you decide to go ahead with the treatment, you will need to book an appointment with your dentist. They will be able to determine your suitability for the treatment, and refer you to the implantology specialist for a consultation appointment. During this appointment, you will be given the chance to ask the specialist any questions you may have, and to discuss the best treatment option to meet your needs.
We now have a new piece of equipment, which eradicates the need for messy impressions when having, crowns, bridges, inlays and implants. The iTero machine safely scans the mouth, creating a 3D CAD image, which is then sent directly to the laboratory, for 3D printing.