|A dental implant is a small titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth.
Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, when implants are placed in the upper or lower jaw, they fuse with the bone and thus serve as anchors for the replacement teeth.
Implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink normally with renewed confidence.
The embarrassment, irritation and self-consciousness often experienced by people who have missing teeth, those who wear dentures or who have suffered through older methods of tooth replacement are overcome with the confidence of permanently anchored dental implants.
Traditionally, the procedure had been performed in two steps. The dentist began by installing the implants, which were left for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, the patient was given a temporary denture until the permanent teeth could be put in place in the next stage.
Today, modern implant design and state-of-the-art surgical techniques allows most patients to have fixed teeth fitted within a few days from the surgery. To get it right, a detailed work-up is done before the surgery to design your smile. After the implants are placed, teeth are set in wax in Madame Tussauds style, and tried in your mouth for aesthetic finetuning. It’s completely individualised. You get to approve your teeth before we finish.
A small percentage of patients may need to improve the volume or quality of their bone with bone grafting. This may often be done simultaneously with the implants, or prior to their placement in a staged approach.
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