Dental implants look, feel and work like natural teeth. They can replace one or more missing teeth or even an entire mouthful of teeth lost to disease.
An implant is similar to a screw and is inserted directly into the bone under local anaesthetic. The bone grows up naturally around the implant and a crown is then attached to the screw – it looks and feels like a normal tooth. Dental implants can be the solution for patients who have lost all their teeth and do not want dentures.
These are dentures that are attached to dental implants on the upper or lower jaw. They are completely secure and feel more natural than normal dentures because they don’t cover the roof of your mouth – so you can speak more easily and eat whatever you like. In certain cases your normal denture can be used for this treatment.
If you are considering placing a dental Implant, to replace a lost tooth then there may not be sufficient bone to act as the housing for the implant. Bone substitutes act as a matrix for the formation of new bone. Bone substitute is commonly available as either a wholly synthetic material or a bovine-derived material.