The loss of a tooth, for whatever reason, can have a traumatic effect on both the appearance and function of the teeth. Once a tooth is lost, several changes begin to occur within the mouth. Dental Implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss as they increase biting pressure, reduce irritation and oral sores as well as enhance the aesthetic appearance of your smile.
Generally made from titanium, Dental Implants take on the role of an anchor within the mouth. Surgically inserted into the jawbone, they offer the ultimate support for replacement or prosthetic teeth.
The dental implant procedure involves multiple stages which often require waiting time in between. The stages that are involved after diagnosis of requiring a dental implant are as follows:
Stage 1:The dental implant itself (the titanium implant) will be inserted into your jaw through the gum during a surgical process. You will have anaesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. We will take the upmost care to precisely place the implant to ensure optimised integration with the jaw bone which will occur over the ensuing weeks and months. During this healing time osseointegration will occur (as titanium is biocompatible) and your implant will be fitted with a temporary crown to ensure your appearance is maintained. You will be required to eat soft foods so that your jaw is not put under too much pressure.
Stage 2: During stage two your integration will be evaluated and your permanent dental implant crown will be installed. It will be colour-matched to your teeth so that nobody will be able to tell that you’ve even received treatment.
Stage 3: You will be able to enjoy your stable new bite and reclaim your normal speaking and chewing patterns. Your gap will now be filled in with a durable crown and permanent titanium fixture which, with the right care, will last indefinitely.
Over a period of time after surgery, the jawbone will attach itself to the Implant. Small posts can then be affixed to the Implant, enabling replacement teeth to be permanently fastened into place.