Clear advantage of implants
Dental implants are acknowledged as the gold standard to replace missing teeth and have the following clear advantages over traditional techniques like dentures:
- Strong and natural looking – looks and feels like a natural tooth
- Restores the full function of the original tooth
- Renewed ability to eat all food types unlike dentures
- Strengthens the underlying jaw structure and minimises ongoing bone loss
- With regular hygiene care from our hygienist, guaranteed to last for 10 years.
Implants can be used singularly to replace a single missing tooth or in combination as part of a complex mouth restoration.
The structure of dental implants
1. The Crown The crown or ‘cap’ as it used to be known, is the visible part of the tooth that is placed on top of the implant. The crown can be made of porcelain but more frequently, strong and natural looking composites are being introduced. Often a single crown is used with one implant but where three adjoining teeth need to be replaced, just two implants can be used to provide support.
2. The Post (Abutment) A linking collar call a post or abutment is used to form a firm platform on top of the implant for fixing the crown. This is invisible once the crown has been secured.
3. The Dental Implant The implant is a titanium rod that is screwed into the jawbone to form a firm anchor for the new replacement tooth. Titanium is used because it is strong, inert and integrates naturally with the surrounding bone structure – a process known as osseointegration.