A dental implant is a small screw made of titanium, that is well-tolerated by the body and takes over the function of a tooth root. The dental implant is inserted directly into your jaw to act in the same way as a normal tooth root so it can securely hold the artificial tooth in your mouth.
What are the options for implant tooth replacement?
Single Tooth Replacement : Immediately (at the same time an implant is placed) or after a period of healing, an abutment is attached to the implant. This is a device that “abuts??? or joins the implant to a tooth form called a crown, which replaces the tooth part you see in the mouth. It will hold a custom-made crown that the dental laboratory will fabricate and match to your existing teeth. The custom crown is cemented or screwed onto the abutment to permanently keep it in place. Once the crown is in place, it should be indistinguishable from your natural teeth
Fixed Multiple Tooth Replacement: As with single tooth replacement, temporary healing caps or abutments may be placed on multiple implants until the healing phase is complete. After healing, permanent abutments are attached to the implants. They can attach to custom-made crowns or bridgework that a dental laboratory will fabricate to match your existing teeth. In the final step, the custom bridge, which will replace multiple teeth, is cemented or screwed onto the abutments. The teeth have been replaced without disturbing the healthy teeth next to them, and bone loss h as been halted.
Dental Implant Procedure
At your initial consultation, x-rays will be taken, your dental health and oral hygiene assessed and your problem evaluated.
Dental implants are the most natural solutions to tooth loss, both aesthetically and functionally. The implant fits harmoniously into the dental arch and are not only fixed as securely as natural teeth, but cannot be distinguished from your real teeth in either function or appearance.
3D Photo System for Safer Dental Implants
Abacus dental is the first dental practice in Milton Keynes to have this fully integrated soft tissue scan. This technology allows your periodontists to create a 3D image of your face, soft tissues and underlying bone structure at once. This allows them to accurately plan your procedure beforehand, minimizing your surgery time.
Faster and Safer facial surgery
Planmeca ProFace™ is a 3D facial photo option available that produces a realistic 3D image of your face. This combined with the CT scan of underlying bone, produces a fully comprehensive look inside your facial soft tissues, bone and sinuses to help your doctor quickly and effectively diagnose and treat your periodontal disease. The 3D facial photo can also be acquired separately in a 100% radiation-free process for use in surgery planning software.
BENEFITS OF PROFACE 3-D IMAGING
You can enjoy a safer, faster, and more comfortable session for dental x-rays with the ProFace 3-D Facial and Dental Imaging System.
- Provides a comprehensive 3-D digital image of face and jaw
- Useful for diagnosis of complex dental conditions
- Faster, safer, and more comfortable
- A Planmeca 3D X-ray unit completed with Planmeca ProFace™ is the first CBCT unit with integrated 3D surface scan.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is it fixed to my mouth?
In order to take over the function of the tooth root, the dental implant is inserted in the jaw bone by a short operation, usually under local anaesthetic. It subsequently knits painlessly with the bone, forming a solid base for the long-term final restoration.
How long does the whole procedure take?
Depending on the situation it is possible to attach the final denture immediately after insertion of the implant. However, since long-term success is the main criteria in every implant case, this decision can only be made after your dentist has carefully considered the clinical situation. If the crown or denture cannot be attached immediately, an aesthetic temporary denture is placed until the time is right for the final restoration to be fitted.
Are dental implants suitable for me?
Dental implants can be used to treat broken, damaged, missing or discoloured teeth. They are suitable for most patients and your implant dentist will be able to discuss your treatment options with you after a consultation.