Although dental implant has numerous benefits, they are all based upon the way implants work in the mouth. Implants are the only treatment solution that provides a biological connection with the jawbone and in this respect is very similar to teeth.
For this reason, dental implants have proven to be a long-term successful treatment choice providing good retention for an artificial tooth or teeth that connect to it. Find out more on our implant treatment planning.
Dental implants work in two main ways:
- They provide support for the restorative prosthesis.
- They ensure that the bone volume is maintained.
Dental Implants are connected to bone by the process of Osseointegration. As well as anchorage they provide a function to the bone that helps to retain bone.
Osseointegration is the term used when bone cells migrate into the micromechanical structure and threading along the length of the titanium implant.
This forms a unique bio-physical connection thus locking the implant into the jawbone. This can take several months to secure. Book a free consultation for more information.
Bone is very similar to muscle, if it is not used (to keep teeth in place) then it tends to waste away and become atrophic. By restoring the missing teeth with a titanium rod (implant) that requires the bone, also restores the activity and functionality of bone.
When teeth are extracted and not restored immediately with implants, the bone tends to resorb away.
This is why when it comes to our denture implant treatment, we take great care in assessing your current oral health incase it becomes unstable over time due to the bone disintegrating.
Dental implants provide support for both the function and aesthetics of artificial teeth. Once the implant has been fully anchored to the bone via osseointegration they can withstand a large amount of loading similar if not more than normal teeth.
The implant can then be restored with an artificial prosthesis such as a crown, bridge or denture. The implant retains the restoration and gives it the necessary functional ability. Read more on dental implant benefits.
Essentially there are 3 components to each implant restoration:
- The Implant – this is the titanium rod that is placed into the jaw like a root.
- The Post – this secures the crown to the implant
- The Crown – this is the tooth looking part of the implant
There are two ways to place implants in the jaw and it is determined by when the original tooth was taken out.
Different Implant systems are selected depending on this factor.
- Delayed Placement. This is when the tooth is extracted and then we wait 3-4 months before placing the implant. After this time we check the bone for its suitability and then place the implant in the jaw. We then have to wait for another 4-6 months for the implant to connect with the bone. This process is called “Osseointegration”. We cannot proceed until the radiographs give us evidence that this has occurred. Once osseointegration occurred the implant is then suitable to restore with a crown and so impressions (moulds) are taken to create the post and crown.
- Immediate Placement. This is when the tooth is extracted and the implant is placed immediately on the day of the extraction. We then place a transitional post and a temporary crown. This technique is also called “Same Day Implants”. Once the implant has integrated with the bone we are then set to produce the permanent post and crown.
It is important to remember that the placement of dental implants is a surgical and invasive procedure. At Hockerill Dental every precaution and consideration is taken to ensure the successful placement of the implant and its longevity.
We offer leading dental implant treatments at our Hertfordshire dental practice. We offer affordable dental implant finance too. For more information, contact us on 01279 652400 or book a free implant consultation with us today.