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  • Dental Surgeon and Implantologist

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    What is a dental implant?

    For almost half a century dental implants have provided a long-term solution to the problem of missing teeth. Scientifically tested and researched, dental implants have been a real success story in dentistry. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

    An 'Implant' is a small titanium screw that is surgically inserted into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. Titanium is a metal that has been shown over many years to be well tolerated by bone enabling the bone to grow onto the implant. Once the implant has bonded with the bone it provides a strong foundation for single-tooth crowns, bridges and implant retained dentures.

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    A complete dental implant comprises 3 components:

    1. The dental implant (a titanium screw)
    2. The abutment (the connecting component, usually made from titanium)
    3. The crown (made from porcelain or zirconia), bridge or denture

    The Surgical Procedure

    For the majority of patients there are two surgical procedures. The first is the insertion of the titanium implant screw into the jawbone. This is done under intravenous sedation. Once the gum has healed over, the top of the implant will sit just below the gum surface. During the following three to six months the bone in the jaw will bond with the implant.

    The second surgical procedure is to uncover the top of the implant and attach a small connecting component (the abutment post). This post will eventually be covered by the new artificial teeth and will hold them in place.

    Implant Solutions

    1. Single tooth implant - A single crown is used to replace one missing tooth. Each artificial tooth attaches to its own implant.
    2. Partial jaw fixed bridge - A partial jaw fixed bridge can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants.
    3. Full jaw fixed bridge - A full jaw fixed bridge replaces all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. The number of implants will vary. This fixed bridge is permanent and only removable by the dentist.
    4. Implant retained dentures - implant retained dentures attach to a bar or ball in socket attachments. The number of implants will vary. These dentures are removable.

    The entire procedure, including taking new teeth impressions and fitting, normally takes between six to eight months.

    Dental implants can create a big change to your life and thanks to advances in dental implant technology, here at Wootton Lodge Dental Practice we can quite literally bring a smile to your face.