A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, placed in the position where a missing tooth used to be. Implants are made from a range of different materials that the tissues of the body will accept, including pure titanium, titanium alloys which are similar to the materials used to replace hip and knee joints; and titanium substructures or ceramic implants made from glass materials.
In a short time the dental implant has progressed from being a scientific impossibility to becoming an accepted industry norm. The treatment now joins fillings, extractions, crowns and root canal techniques as a viable alternative for restorative dental procedures.
People of all ages visit our surgery for dental implant treatment for a variety of reasons. If you are missing one or more of your teeth you may be able to take advantage of this versatile procedure, used as a solution to a variety of dental conditions as well as being employed to perform cosmetic enhancements.
The benefits of the treatment are equally broad. For some a dental implant will provide an alternative to a loose denture, stopping it from clicking or causing pain. It can help you start enjoying your favourite foods again without experiencing discomfort, or give you a greater feeling of confidence about your speech and smile.
Current research suggests that, with appropriate oral care and regular maintenance, your dental implant should last for a lifetime.