Implant Dentistry

Implant dentistry is one of the most exciting and cutting edge branches of dentistry on offer today.

Dental implants are the best treatment option for replacing a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.  It is truly remarkable to be able to give a patient back lost tooth / teeth that looks and feels and functions like their own.  Patients consistently give the same feedback – it is like they never lost the tooth in the first place!

An implant is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone to which the bone cells in your jaw actually attach to create a very solid union.

This attachment process is what makes implants possible.  An implant crown is then attached to the implant traditionally about 8 weeks later. This description applies to single missing teeth or a few missing teeth.  If you are missing all your teeth, the treatment protocol can be a little bit different from this.

The critical factor in determining the level of complexity of treatment is the amount of available jaw bone in terms of bone width and bone height – you need to have a certain amount of bone to house an implant.  If you don’t have enough bone, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t have an implant but it certainly can be more complicated and expensive.

The beauty about implants is that you don’t have to rely upon the adjacent teeth, as you do with bridges, to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.

They are very strong and will be a long term solution for your lost tooth/teeth without compromising the adjacent teeth.  Patients that have worn uncomfortable, loose dentures for years can regain the feel, form and function of their natural teeth with the help of dental implants.