A dental implant is an artificial substitute for the root of our natural tooth. It is anchored into place into a pre-drilled socket in your jaw bone, which then supports a crown, bridge or denture firmly in place.
Implants are made from titanium which is a metal well tolerated by the bone in your jaw. The aim when placing a dental implant is to achieve close contact with the implant and surrounding bone. The two then fuse together holding them firmly in place.
Implants can be used for different reasons:
Implants may be used for single tooth replacement if you have a failing root or have a fractured upper incisor requiring extraction.
A single implant could also be used to replace a tooth after extraction. Restoration can be complete using a dental implant.
A denture can be retained using implants. For example, if bottom teeth become painful and require extracting due to gum disease, dental implants can be placed after extraction and connected to a bar.
A clip will be attached to a denture and then clipped on to the bar. The final denture is stable and prevents resorption which can occur after dental extractions.