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Dental Implant

Dental implants are cylindrical pins of titanium or titanium alloy that can be screwed or tapped into the jaw. They act as substitute tooth root platforms on which replacement teeth can be securely fixed, including crowns, bridges and dentures. Just one implant can support up to two or three new teeth at a time.

Titanium is proven to combine well with bone. This creates instant stability in the jaw, and is the best known technique for insuring that replacement teeth do not work loose over time. Dental implants are best used in the lower jaw as the bone here is denser and readily accepting of titanium. The upper jaw is weaker and less supportive of dental implants. This does not preclude dental implants from being used in the upper jaw though. In fact, all teeth in the mouth can be replaced using a series of dental implants to fix them in place.

Dental implants require patients to be under an anaesthetic. It is a surgical procedure, so care must be taken in choosing a dental surgeon who has an outstanding record in dental implant surgery. You don't want to risk poor implant placement as this will likely lead to problems when replacement teeth are fitted to the implants.

Other dental treatments include:

To find out more about dental implants please review the resources on our site.

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