What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental implant is a titanium screw that is placed into the bone of the jaw and used as an anchor to support a new tooth in the mouth.

For many years if we lost a tooth there were only three things that could be done. The first was to make a removable denture, however they could be quite bulky compared to the size of the tooth and most patients didn’t like the idea of false teeth.

The second was to fit a bridge. Although this was fixed and therefore did not need to be removed, it did involve cutting down of the adjacent teeth which on many occasions were otherwise perfectly healthy.

The third option was to do nothing at all which was fine if you had lost a wisdom tooth but not so practical if you were missing front teeth that were visible in you smile!

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With the advent of dental implants a fourth option became available to patients. The advantages over the denture or bridge alternative were considerable. The new tooth was fixed and there was no longer any need to irreparably damage the adjacent healthy teeth. So not surprisingly the introduction of dental implants was a game changer and now they are considered in most instances the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Continue reading “What is a Dental Implant?”