What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone. Implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss.
A single implant can serve to support a dental crown replacing a single missing tooth. Implants can also be used to support a dental bridge for the replacement of multiple missing teeth, and can be used with dentures to increase stability and retention of the dentures.
Is a dental implant right for me?
Implants are one option for replacing one or more missing teeth.
There are many factors that are taken into considering when deciding if a dental implant is right for your case. Your surgical team with take into account your medical and dental health and history as well as a full dental and radiological examination before discussing the best treatment options.
You will be assessed by an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Dental Surgeon that specializes in restoring dental implants. The team needs to ensure that there is sufficient bone and space to place an implant and sufficient space for the restoration to be place so that it has the best aesthetic outcome.
The team may advise bone grafting, sinus lifting procedures or orthodontic treatment to create the best environment for implant placement. The gums may also need to be operated on to create the best aesthetic outcomes.
The FSUK surgeons not only provide an implant service but are involved in the training and mentoring of dentist wanting to establish a dental implant service within their dental surgery.