Types of Implants
Up until recently, the only options available to replace a missing tooth were a bridge or a denture, both of which can be uncomfortable and difficult to maintain. An implant looks and feels just like a real tooth, so it’s the ideal solution to fill a gap left by a missing tooth.
Where a failed tooth has to be extracted, the implant can only be placed after a 6-12 week healing period. The final crown is fitted to the implant after a further 3 months, by which time the bone will have fused to the surface of the implant.
In some circumstances, it is possible to extract a tooth, place an implant and fit a temporary crown, all in one visit. This is called ‘Same Day Teeth’. After three months of healing the temporary crown is then replaced with a permanent crown.
Dental implants can be used in situations where there are multiple adjacent teeth missing. Most commonly, this would be when we are using implants to replace a removable denture. This is healthier for the mouth as dentures tend to accumulate a lot of plaque, which can damage the gums and lead to tooth decay. A fixed implant supported bridge is also much more comfortable in the mouth and feels like having natural teeth again.