Dental implants provide a stable foundation for tooth replacements that look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. You can replace one or more missing teeth or hold dentures securely in the mouth.
Many dentists consider dental implants as the preferred method of tooth replacement. This is because traditional methods, such as crowns, bridges, partials, and dentures, have disadvantages in terms of appearance and function.
A dental implant is a small screw made of titanium that mimics the function of a tooth root. It is inserted into the bone of the jaw and, over time, becomes integrated and firmly anchored. Under normal conditions, the healing process can take as little as six to 12 weeks. Once fixed, the tooth replacement in the form of a single crown, bridge or denture, is secured to the implant.
Where can implants be used?
Single tooth replacements
One implant and one crown replace a single tooth.
Multiple tooth replacements
Multiple missing teeth can be replaced with multiple implants supporting fixed bridgework. For example, a three-unit bridge to replace three teeth in a row is made up of two implants and three crowns. Multiple implants can support an even greater number of false teeth. Usually four to eight implants are needed to replace a full arch (jaw) of teeth (10 or more crowns) using fixed bridgework.
Combinations of fixed and removable bridgework
Implants can support a section of fixed bridgework with an attached removable section.
This is where two or more implants provide stabilization of a denture (a set of removable false teeth). Over-dentures are now considered the standard of care for those who have lost all of their teeth in one or both jaws.
Precise planning is essential before beginning your treatment. At HBDS, we will help diagnose and plan your implant case. A vital component of this is our use of 3D imaging. The 3D images taken at HBDS give us a precise visualisation of the dental structure viewed from different angles and slices. This allows us to make accurate measurements and confident treatment planning. This greatly benefits both you and us in preparing for treatment and minimizing any surprises.
The first step in our treatment sequence is careful planning. We begin with a thorough examination of your individual oral situation. Through X-rays and models of your mouth, we determine the most suitable treatment plan for your situation.
The next step is placing the implant in the jaw. This is performed in our office under local anesthesia. Once the implant is placed, it is left to heal. Healthy bone can form a strong bond with the implant in just six weeks.
When the healing period is complete, the implant provides a solid foundation for attaching your replacement tooth. The tooth is now fully functional.