A dental implant is a titanium post or screw that is surgically placed into the jaw bone below the gum line. Over approximately 3-6 months the implant fuses with the bone and becomes fixed. This fixed implant acts like a tooth root that enables your dentist to construct a porcelain crown (cap) over the top to replace your missing tooth or teeth.
A dental implant feels and looks like a natural tooth and has the benefit that they do not have to be anchored to other teeth like bridges and partial denture.
To keep your dental implant in excellent condition, good oral hygiene habits are essential. This also includes coming in for regular check up and cleans. Whilst a dental implant can’t decay, they can become loose and suffer from gum disease so it is important to come for regular reviews so any problems can be detected early.
Not all patients are suitable for dental implant therapy. Many factors such as the quantity and quality of your jaw bone and your overall gum health are taken into consideration before your dentist will recommend this treatment.
If you are interested in replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, call our Doucas Dental Team today to make an appointment or Book Online through our Health Engine link to discuss Implants with one of our friendly dentists.