Do you have a gap you want fill? Can you not tolerate a denture? Then an Implant may be the right option for you.
What is an Implant?
An implant is a small titanium screw that is secured in the jawbone where the root of your tooth would normally sit. This then essentially becomes the ‘root’ of your new tooth. Once the implant has settled into the bone, impressions can be taken and a porcelain crown will be made which screws into the top of the implant therefore ‘replacing’ your tooth.
Can anyone have an Implant?
There are a number of factors which can affect your suitability for Implant treatment, the main one being oral health. It is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine to keep the tissue around the implant healthy, this helps to keep the implant secure and ensures longevity.
You also need to have enough bone to hold the implant, but the dentist will look at this and advise.
What are the risks?
The main risk is Peri Implantitis, this is a condition not too dissimilar to Gum disease. It happens when the area around the implant has not been kept clean and infection has made it’s way into the bone. The implant then becomes loose and may need to be removed.
Smoking also increases the likelihood of peri implantitis, so it is highly recommended that you give up.
How is the procedure carried out?
Once the tooth has been extracted the bone is allowed to heal, an X ray will be taken to establish bone levels and to allow the clinician to decide on the best placement.
When the bone has fully healed from the extraction, (approx 3 months) the implant process can begin. A hole is drilled into the bone and the implant is screwed in, this then needs to heal again to allow the bone to ‘bond’ with the implant. At this stage the top of the implant is sealed with a healing abutment, essentially a small cap which screws into the top of the implant to prevent the soft tissues blocking the access. This is then left for approx 3 months again.
The next stage is to uncover the implant, this is where the soft tissues are pushed away from the top of the implant and another abutment is placed to hold this position. Once the soft tissues are healed impressions can be taken so that a crown or bridge can be made, this will then screw into the top of the implant completing the treatment.
The whole procedure takes around 6 – 12 months, during your consultation appointment you will be given all treatment options, costs involved, and expected timings. We are happy to answer any questions to enable you to make the right decision for you regarding your treatment.