Implant Retained Crowns and Bridges | Woodside Dental Practice Aberdeen
A dental implant consists of a titanium metal rod which is placed in the jawbone. It is used to support one or more false teeth and, in practice, both the supporting rod and the false teeth are known as ‘implants’.
Implants are a well-established, tried and tested treatment. How soon you can have new teeth will depend on the time taken for the implants to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been put in. This takes at least 3 months in the lower jaw and up to 6 months in the upper jaw, and usually the permanent teeth are fitted 4-6 months after the implants have been put in.
Any number of teeth can be replaced by implants, from a single tooth to a complete set, however, the treatment will also depend on the state of the bone in your jaw which will be assessed as to its suitability. Bone grafts to the jaw may be an option if there is bone loss or it is not healthy enough.
Implants can have some advantages over conventional treatment such as crowns and bridges. For example, they avoid the need to cut down the teeth either side for crowns to support a bridge. Talk to us if you have any questions or require further information regarding implants, and we will assess whether this treatment is the best option for you.