What are Dental Implants?
A Dental Implant is a very small titanium screw (there are other materials that can be used if required such as porcelain e.g. to support any allergies). Dental Implants are placed into the jaw bone to act as a substitute for the root of a tooth, the jaw bone then grows around the implant helping to anchor it into position. Once the healing phase is complete, then a dental laboratory will tailor make a restoration such as a crown, bridge or denture to look like a natural tooth/teeth.
Dental implants are now recognised as the first line of treatment for single missing teeth as they do not involve damaging or relying on neighboring teeth. An implant retained crown is bonded or screwed to the implant. However, some patients may have several teeth missing next to one another. When replacing several teeth not every tooth needs to have an implant to support it for example; two implants can sometimes be placed to support a 3-tooth bridge. See image
If someone has no teeth on a single arch for example, no upper teeth or no lower teeth then here at McGrath Dental our principal dentist Dr.Liam McGrath is highly trained and competent in implant dentistry, allowing us to offer treatment such as Same Day Teeth as a treatment option or an implant retained denture.
Occasionally in addition to a dental implant being placed, a patient may also require a Bone Graft or a Sinus Lift.
Why would I need dental implant treatment?
Dental implants can be used to:
- Replace missing teeth
- Close a gap in between your teeth
- Replace failing teeth
- Replace failing crowns or bridges
- A fixed treatment option to help function with eating and speaking
- To replace a denture as a fixed prosthesis option (see Same Day Teeth)
How many appointments would be required?
The number of appointments can vary depending on your personal treatment plan. However, for a single tooth implant; treatment is usually completed in 3 appointments over a 16-week period*
- Implant placement appointment
- Approximately 3 months later after the healing phase is complete, we will take impressions for the implant retained crown
- Approximately 2 to 3 weeks later, fit the implant retained crown
As with any dental treatment there are risks, if you are considering treatment similar to above then you are required to read, understand and sign any relevant consent forms following an agreed treatment plan with one of our Dentists.
*this example is presuming that a tooth is already missing, and the surrounding gum is healthy with plenty of bone density