Dental implants have solidified their position as an effective method of replacing missing teeth available today. In fact, many of our patients with dentures and bridges now request to have their appliance secured or replaced with implants.
An implant may be preferred to other solutions because it is placed in the jaw. A small titanium screw is inserted into the jaw under local anaesthetic, where it fuses with the surrounding bone tissue and becomes an anchor for a prosthetic tooth.
After a period of healing, your dentist will attach a crown to the implant, leaving you with a natural-looking and feeling replacement tooth.
At Rightwell East Dental Practice, we use an advanced medical imaging technique called cone beam computed tomography or CBCT. These scans help us to assess the quality of bone in the jaw and place implants more accurately.
When we lose a tooth, the bone that held it in place begins to break down. By placing a dental implant and transferring chewing force back to the jaw, you can stimulate the bone tissue and encourage the growth of new cells.
If too much time has elapsed since your tooth was lost, you may no longer have dense enough bone to accommodate a dental implant. In this case, we can offer you an additional procedure such as a bone graft or sinus lift.