Dental Implants

Implants are the ideal tooth replacement option where it is preferable not to involve the adjacent teeth or where multiple teeth need to be replaced. Single tooth implants are the most natural feeling tooth replacement and are cared for in the same way as your natural teeth. Implants are also useful in holding dentures in place.

An implant is essentially a titanium tooth root replacement which is placed in the bone. This root replacement could support a single tooth (crown) or a dental prosthesis such as a denture or bridge. Implants also have the advantage of maintaining bone in the area in which they reside. Think of tree roots preventing soil erosion. The procedure to place an implant is not intimidating and only requires local anaesthetic.

Single tooth

A dental implant allows for the replacement of a single tooth without needing to involve the teeth around it. This replacement option feels most like a natural tooth, has an excellent success rate and longevity, and is easier to floss and maintain than bridges.

Multiple teeth

In the event that several but not all teeth are missing, implants can support a bridge similar to a bridge on natural teeth to replace 3 or more teeth. If all teeth are missing, implants can be used to hold a denture in place which is especially useful for lower dentures or to replace an entire arch in a way that is fixed (not removable by the patient).