A dental implant is used to replace the root portion of a missing tooth and is becoming one of the more popular restorative methods. If a tooth is lost through injury or decay, it is wise to replace it to restore optimum function and improve aesthetics. If missing teeth are not replaced the remaining teeth on either side of the gap can drift casuing foodtraps and further gum problems. Dental implants are widely regarded as the best long-term solution to missing teeth, as they do not interfere with the other teeth, gums or facial structure. They also allow for optimum function and help prevent bone loss.
What is it?
The implant is a titanium rod which looks similar to a screw. It is inserted into a pre-drilled socket in the jawbone and once it has settled into the bone (a process known as osseointegration), a new restoration such as a crown can be attached. Implants can also be used to support dental bridges and dentures.
Dental implants will look and feel like your natural teeth, and they do not require the alteration of any nearby teeth. Once treatment is complete you will be able to have confidence in the way you speak, eat and generally communicate with the world around you. They are secure and reliable, able to replace one or more teeth depending on your circumstances.
There are different implant types and systems available and the Time Dental team will be happy to discuss the options available with you. Once the implant surgeon has placed the implant, Dr Rashid will attach the restoration and you will be able to show off your new smile.
In specific cases dental implants can be placed on the day of removal of the remaining portion of tooth and immediately have a temporary tooth attached. Often the dental implant is placed and a period of healing is required before attaching the tooth. This is to ensure the implant has settled in the bone and can take 8-12 weeks. In the mean time a provisional bridge or denture can be provided to temporarily replace the missing tooth while the dental implant settles.
After this period the implant head is exposed and a healing abutment is placed. This can be in the form of a cap for back teeth or a provisonal crown for the front teeth. This step allows the gums to form the correct shape for when the implant crown emerges from the dental implant.
Each step of the dental implant procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic to ensure maximum comfort.
Dental implants at Time Dental are a first-rate restorative treatment, able to restore smiles and improve overall self-confidence. Dental implants can last many years as long as regular hygiene and dental health checks are maintained and dental home care is at its best.