What are Dental Implants?

We have been using dental implants routinely for nearly 20 years backed by scientific research and protocols that go back to the 1960’s. Dental Implants are Titanium Fixtures inserted into the jaws which can be used to replace one or more missing tooth roots. The implants integrate completely with the body and living bone actually grows upon the titanium surface.

History and Usage

  • Dental Implants have been used successfully for the treatment of patients with no remaining teeth for more than 40 years.
  • Dental Implants may be used to support crowns to replace individual missing teeth.
  • Fixed Bridges retained by multiple implants may be used to replace several missing teeth, or all teeth.

Occasionally, a few implants may be used to stabilise a loose or uncomfortable denture.

Implants used to be thought of as a ‘last resort’ treatment for people who could not get on with their dentures. We would now consider implant replacement to be the ‘standard of care’ approach to replacing missing teeth, for nearly any situation.

Implant placement usually takes place under local anaesthesia in the specially equipped procedure rooms at Dawood and Tanner. Most patients report little or no discomfort either during or after the surgery. Treatment under intravenous sedation may be provided by their consultant anaesthetist for complex procedures or anxious patients.

Implant treatments have evolved to allow us to routinely place implants using minimally invasive techniques, and to provide fixed teeth on the day of surgery, even in situations where there is little remaining bone.

2 implants and titanium abutment connectors support a bridge replacing 3 teeth
The implant replaces the tooth root – a crown and abutment are fixed to the implant
A single implant ready to be restored with an abutment and crown
A Single Implant with Ceramic Abutment and Crown