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Dental implants explained

Dental implants are one of the long-term solutions available for replacing missing teeth. An implant is a screw-form device made of titanium alloy, implanted into the jaw. Bone gradually grows around the implant, so it becomes integrated into the bone. Once the implant is integrated, a custom-made crown (artificial tooth) can be attached to the implant in order to replace the missing tooth. The planning and placement of implants require special X-ray imaging (cone beam computerized tomography-CBCT).

Other uses for implants

Dental implants can also be used as abutments for a dental bridge to replace
several missing teeth or to assist in retaining dentures. or dentures in place.

Types of implants

The two main types of dental implants are endosteal, which are implanted in the jawbone and subperiosteal, which are placed under the gum, on or above the jawbone. At your free, first consultation, your dentist will assess your suitability for an implant and discuss which type of implant is best for your case.

Alternative options for missing teeth

If your dental assessment shows that a dental implant is not a suitable option for you, our team can provide alternative options, including:

  • Braces: In most cases, orthodontic braces can be placed on the sides of the teeth, so they are not visible from the front. For some patients, we are able to straighten the teeth and close the spaces at the same time.
  • Bridge: The dentist may be able to place a dental bridge between two natural teeth and attach a false tooth to the bridge. This tooth fills in the gap and looks like a natural tooth.

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