Implants were first used in the mid 60's to secure dentures in patients who had lost all their teeth.Today, dental implants can be used for single tooth replacements that rival the aesthetics and function of natural teeth.
What is an Implant?
An implant is a titanium screw which is placed into the bone to replace one or more teeth that have been lost. They can be placed at the same time as the tooth or teeth are extracted (immediate implant).
An immediate temporary crown or bridge can aso be placed over them at the time of surgery enabling the patient to leave the clinic with no aesthetic concerns. Implants are still used to anchor loose dentures enabling the patient to chew in a more comfortable manner.
The survival rate is highly predictable. Carefull attention to oral hygiene coupled with regular follow up with your dentist is key to longevity. The procedure is painless with minimal if any swelling. In many cases only a couple of nurofen is required!