Dental Implants offer the most sophisticated way of replacing missing teeth. They are not always possible but when appropriate they are as close to the ‘real thing’ as you can get. Significantly they are a ‘stand-alone’ solution that should inflict no damage on neighbouring teeth. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth, to support a bridge or to secure dentures.
The design of a dental implant is based on the design of a natural tooth, which is commonly described as having two main parts:
- The crown that sits above the gums – (1)
- The root that sits securely below the gum – (2)
The dental implant also has two main parts:
- The implant crown that sits above the gums. – (3)
- The implant that sits securely below the gum – (4)
The implant crown – The implant crown is carefully crafted to look and feel like a healthy, natural tooth that feels like part of you.
The implant – The implant replaces the function of a natural root and, if looked after properly, could last a lifetime. It stimulates the bone (5) to attach to the titanium thread of the implant, providing a completely stable foundation for the new crown – a process known as osseointegration. It usually takes eight to twelve weeks for the bone to securely bond to the entire implant surface. The gum (6) adapts to the contour of the implant crown.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
- We usually refer our patients to a specialist practice that has three times been voted ‘Best Implant Practice in the UK’. The Implant Centre has surgeries in Brighton and Haywards Heath. They will fully assess each case. https://theimplantcentre.com
- If appropriate they will place the implant.
- It usually takes eight to twelve weeks for the bone to securely bond to the entire implant surface. At no point would you be left with an unsightly gap at the front of your mouth as they can always fit a temporary crown.
- You would then be given the choice of returning to the care of St. Oswald’s for your implant restoration of continuing with The Implant Centre.
- When we work with The Implant Centre to provide the implant restoration, we use their laboratory to manufacture the final restorations. Between us, we employ state of the art technology and use the best materials available. They also provide the Ankylos components recommended by your surgeon. This ensures continuity and quality whilst minimising the cost to the patient.
THE ADVANTAGES OF IMPLANTS
- They are as close to having a ‘real’ tooth as can be achieved. No more false teeth soaking in a glass by the bed at night, a solution that can mostly be forgotten.
- They inflict no damage on the adjacent teeth, indeed they can help them by sharing the bite more evenly.
- They can be used to support bridges or stabilise dentures.
THE DISADVANTAGES OF IMPLANTS
- They are expensive.
- They are not always feasible.