A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder which is surgically placed into the jaw bone and acts as an artificial root.
Dental implants can be used in a variety of situations, from replacing single and multiple missing teeth to securing bridges and dentures. Thanks to advances in dentistry far fewer implants than expected are used to close a gap of several lost teeth, which helps to keep costs down.
If you are missing one tooth a dental crown placed onto a dental implant is a good solution. The implant provides a firm foundation for the crown.
Multiple missing teeth
Dental implants can be used to support a permanent bridge without needing to drill down adjacent teeth. Implant-retained bridges can be cost-effective because often only two implants are required to replace three or four missing teeth.
Implant-retained removable denture
After the implants have been placed the denture clicks on using a ‘press stud’ system. The denture is completely stable in the mouth and can be removed for cleaning. As few as two implants can be used to anchor a lower denture.
Implant-supported permanent bridge, for full arch
The bridge is screwed permanently onto the implants. This is the closest solution to having natural teeth again. This method requires a minimum of four implants to hold a bridge of up to 12 teeth.