Dental Implants Explained

Implant procedure Dental implants are generally considered the gold standard replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. They have been widely used since the 1960s and countless millions have been successfully placed over the years.  Implant treatment is accepted nowadays in every part of the world as much a part of normal dental treatment as are fillings, dentures, braces, crowns and bridges etc. Their use has grown almost exponentially year upon year as they have become a more affordable option.

As one would expect however, the provision of dental implant treatment should only be provided by a dental surgeon with the appropriate post-graduate training, experience and expertise.
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Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically and meticulously placed into especially
prepared small holes in the jawbone.
Over time, the patient’s bone fuses with the titanium – this is called ‘osseointegration’. Once the bone has fused with the implant, a metal post called an abutment, can be attached to the implant. The abutment is then used to support a crown or bridge which mimics a natural tooth.
Implants can be used to replace individual missing teeth, to support bridges to replace multiple teeth and sometimes to stabilise dentures. Please see the gallery pages for some examples.  
We are able to provide a complete dental implant service, from treatment planning (to assess suitability etc) to surgical placement to provision of the subsequent tooth replacement.
I am always happy to answer patients’ questions, so please do not hesitate to contact me or the surgery at