WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS? (written by Stuart Bright)

What Are Dental Implants?


Dental implants provide a fixed, permanent solution to missing teeth. The implant is usually made out of titanium and is placed into the jaw bone where the tooth is missing.


It is essentially a substitute for a natural tooth root and grows together with your jaw bone to function just like a natural tooth. Once fitted, implants provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.

Dental implants are a well established, tried and tested treatment and over 95% of modern implants should last many years with the right care.


Single implants


A dental implant provides an excellent, permanent tooth replacement option for a single missing tooth.

  • It can feel and function just like a natural tooth.
  • It can preserve the health of the adjacent teeth by eliminating the need to grind down the teeth next to the gap for support.
  • It can stimulate bone tissue and gums, which ensure an attractive and pleasing result over time.

implant photo



Multiple implants


When a number of teeth are missing, there are various options available.


You may choose to have a denture but over time, your gums will recede and the denture may not fit as well.

Multiple dental implants could be placed to help eliminate the discomfort with large gaps or ill fitting dentures, so you can eat, speak and smile with confidence.

Implants can be used to stabalise a denture or can be used to support a full arch of teeth which are permanently fixed in place to completely avoid the need for a denture

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