Dental Implants

Dental Implant

A dental implant is a metal rod placed in the gum and jawbone that has an internal screw or clip, known as an abutment, used to hold one or more false teeth in place.  Dental implants are usually made of titanium.

The dental implant is put in place by a dentist during a minor operation, generally done under local anaesthesia.  The patient must have healthy gums before the operation can take place.  After the operation, and over several months, the patient’s jawbone will fuse with the titanium rod.  Once the dental implant is in place it can be used to support a number of dental prostheses, including crowns, bridges or dentures.  These are attached to the implant to replace missing teeth.

One dental implant can support multiple replacement teeth.  To replace all of a patient’s teeth, they would require at least six dental implants in the upper jaw and between four and six in the lower jaw.