Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically placed in the jawbone. After a period of healing, the implant is then ready to support a dental prosthesis. Dental implants can replace one or more missing teeth. For completely edentulous patients, dental implants allow the amazing opportunity to support complete fixed restorations or to stabilize removable dentures. The drawings show the gap restored with the implants that are housed in the bone and are then used to support one, three or all teeth.
The images below show before and after example photos of patients that have been treated with dental implants. In the majority of these cases grafting of bone or gum tissue was carried out for optimal aesthetics and function.
Dental implants can last for very long time but they need to be well taken care of, just as it is necessary for your own teeth. In patients who suffer for periodontal disease dental implants might be a very effective asset but it is necessary that the periodontal disease is treated first.
Compliance with the oral hygiene maintenance program is also crucial to ensure a long-lasting outcome.