So by now you may have heard of the revolution in dentistry that is dental implants. Whilst the earliest implants were made from shell and stone by more primitive cultures centuries ago, dental implants have only become widely available to patients, in the form we know them today, for less than a century.
So what is a dental implant?
At our practice in Oxfordshire, dental implants are a popular solution for the problem of a missing tooth or missing teeth. Many patients also come and see us to stabilise their dentures with an implant procedure, or do away with dentures altogether in favour of a full mouth restoration involving multiple implants. Providing there is sufficient bone, any tooth in your mouth (or missing from your mouth) can be replaced (or filled) with dental implants. Oxfordshire is a beautiful county and we are proud to have served patients here for many years with a range of general and cosmetic dental treatments. We have transformed over 1,000 smiles and you can see some of the results and testimonials from our patients on our website.
A dental implant is a hollow titanium tube, which has been lathed to create external threads. These threads then fuse with the bone once implanted into the jawbone. This creates a stable base on which to place the new dental crown. The first step is to measure the mouth using a cast and/or X-ray in order to create accurate replica dimensions of the mouth. This helps the dental team or dental lab to create your replacement crown. Your dental crown can also be colour coordinated to match the colour of the existing teeth within your mouth, creating the perfect smile and giving you the confidence that few people, if any, will notice that you have had a dental implant procedure. Once the crown has been created, it can be placed into the jaw by an implant dentist. Usually an abutment is placed into the hollow titanium tube to further stabilise the base for the crown. The dental crown is then placed onto the abutment and bonded with a strong bonding agent to make sure that your new tooth becomes a permanent fixture.