5th May 2022

Restoring Your Teeth: How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants are an effective treatment to replace missing teeth that’s been used for over 40 years in dentistry. The treatment provides many benefits, based upon the science on how dental implants work in the mouth to restore your smile. They are the only treatment that requires a biological connection with the jawbone in the mouth, effectively acting as another tooth.

Because of this, dental implants are considered as one of the most effective long term solutions to artificial teeth retention and restoration of the your smile. Here, we look into how dental implants work for you in more detail so you can become more familiar with the treatment and determine whether it could be the right for you.

How dental implants work: Maintaining bone structure

One of the main benefits of dental implants is their ability to maintain long term bone structure. Dental implants are directly fitted to the bone via the process of Osseointegration, which is the term used to describe the bone cells migrating along the titanium implant to secure firmly into place.

The risk with not treating missing teeth is that the bone structure can waste away over time if it’s not used. Dental implants can help to restore your missing teeth with the use of the titanium rod, improving the functionality and activity in the process too.

Providing support for the artificial teeth

Dental implants involve the process of restoring your smile with artificial teeth that match the surrounding teeth with the same shape and colour. However it’s important that these artificial teeth can remain in place and function just like you normal teeth could, and this can be achieved by the support of the dental implants. Implants have the ability to withstand large pressure similar to that of normal functioning teeth.

Dental implants can be provided in three ways; via a crown, bridge or denture and for each restoration, the implant is placed into the jawbone acting as a root before the crown is then secured onto the implant.

Placing the dental implant

If you’re considered a good candidate for the procedure and are a healthy patient, we can put the measures in place to start your dental implant treatment straight away. We will perform a CT scan prior to treatment to ensure that you have enough bone to successfully place an implant. Generally, from start to finish, an implant can take anywhere from 4-12 months with full healing.

The three phases to fitting the dental implant involves the following:

  • Placing the implant: initially, the beginning of the procedure focuses on placing the implant on the jaw. It’s covered over with gum tissue before the process of Osseointegration which can take around 3-6 months to complete.
  • Attaching the post: the post is the attachment placed on the implant before allowing the gum tissue to grow around it. The purpose of this is to ensure that the replacement tooth remains in place. But don’t worry, we can ensure that your smile is without gaps while all the healing takes place.
  • Attaching the crown: once it’s deemed suitable to do so, the crown (the artificial tooth) is then attached to the implant post.

Are dental implants right for me?

If you suffer from missing teeth and are looking to restore your smile once again, dental implants could be an option for you. In order to discover whether you’re a suitable candidate for the treatment, contact us today to book a free initial consultation with Gavin Laidlaw, our Principal Dentist and discover whether dental implants are the ideal option for you. You are under no obligation to proceed with treatment, and our team will provide you with a costed treatment plan to consider at your leisure.

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