Dental Implants

What is an implant?

An implant is a tooth root-sized titanium implant that replaces the root of a tooth. This enables it to support a new tooth/teeth or to hold a denture in.

The Process

We will need to assess your suitability for implant treatment. This involves a medical and dental history, photos, study models, 2-D and 3-D x-rays. This will help us to determine the quality and quantity of bone. Additional procedures (such as sinus lifting or grafting) may be required prior to implant insertion if there is insufficient bone. The consultation is done over two appointments. If you are suitable for implants, we will arrange for a time for implant surgery. Following surgery is a period of healing where bone fuses around the implant (osseointegration) to render the implant stable. Once that has taken place, further appointments are scheduled for the final crown or bridge to be created and fitted in your mouth. Implants need to be cared for as you care for your own natural teeth. Regular review and maintenance is required to keep the implant in good form.