Dental implants offer a permanent solution for your missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. Often the implant can be placed at the same time as removal of the tooth, all on the same day.
If an implant has a screw-thread on its outer surface it can be screwed into position and if it does not, it is usually tapped into place. The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughnesses on the implant surface.
In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures. Click here for illustrated information.
When we lose a tooth, the bone around the root area starts to recede. This can lead to the sinus expanding into the tooth root area. If you choose to have an Implant there may not be sufficient bone to support it.
Special material can be inserted to encourage bone re-growth and 'lift' the sinus.
Over time, the bone will re-grow providing enough bone to support the Implant.
- Following the placement of an implant it is important to keep the surrounding area clean.
- Use a 45 degree angle as the standard brushing technique.
- Use plastic coated interdental brushes for safe effective plaque removal.
- Tightly floss approximal surfaces and implants.
- Ensure all surfaces are clean.
- Adapt floss/tape for teeth and gums.