Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium component also called a fixture, that is placed into the upper or lower maxillary bones to replace a single tooth or ultiple missing teeth.

It is the support for a crown, a bridge or for a more complex prosthetic dental work.

Implant surgery step by step

  • Step 1: Implant placement in the bone. The gum is sutured completely over the implant.
  • Step 2: After three months from the surgery, the bone is completely formed around the implant. A healing abutment is used to allow the next step.
  • Step 3: The impression is taken for the final crown.
  • Step 4: The crown is cemented.

Since the implant surgery became a science in the early 60s, the medical research has done incredible improvements in the implant design, surface and connection of the crown.

The option of implant placement is largely used as today to replace missing teeth due also to the biological saving that can be achieved.

When an implant is placed it is possible to avoid doing a classic bridge to replace a tooth: the adjacent teeth don’t require any preparation to support the missing tooth. And this is a great news: unnecessary treatment is never ideal!

Very important to understand and remember is that the implants with their crowns require an immaculate oral hygiene: it is mandatory to have the regular visits with the hygienist and an excellent home maintenance.

To book a free implant consultation, contact Upper Berkeley Dental Practice on 020 7262 7652.

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