Dental Implants - Wickham Dental Practice, Hampshire
Dental implants were invented in Sweden some three decades ago and are the preferred method to replace lost teeth as over 95% of dental implants are still functioning after 15 years.
Dental implants are modified Titanium screws that are inserted into the jaw bone. Teeth made of metal and porcelain are then fixed to the implant. The Titanium surface has been specially treated so that it integrates (or attaches itself) to the surrounding bone. Titanium dental implants are not susceptible to dental decay or gum disease that commonly affect natural teeth.
The process of placing a dental implant is pain-free and very simple. A Clinical examination/Xrays and sometimes Computer Tomogram (CT) images are also performed. A consultation and discussion follows to make the patient fully aware of what procedures will be necessary. This is always proceeded with a written Dental Report and Cost Schedule. The actual placement of a dental implant takes very little time at all. In most cases, a little local anaesthesia is all that is required. After placement, there is minimal discomfort and most patients do not require any after-surgery medication such as pain-killers or antibiotics.
Once the implant has integrated with the surrounding bone, the impressions (or moulds) are taken and sent to specialist dental technicians who produce a life-like replica of a natural tooth. Once constructed, the tooth is then attached to the dental implant. The patient is then able to enjoy their new permanent tooth or teeth. Implants can be used to replace one tooth or all the teeth with equal confidence.