Dental implants are a service we specialise in at Greenwood Dental.
Post by Genevieve De Guzman, senior dental assistant
Dental implants are, from my personal point of view, the best option available for replacing a missing tooth. Having said that, dental implants are not applicable to all patients because when a patient comes in to Greenwood Dental, Dr Brown or one of the other dentists would assess if the patient is suitable to have implants. Firstly, they should have sufficient bone for the implant to be inserted and for the implant to integrate with a bone. It’s that process, where the implant material bonds to bone, which makes the implant very strong—and able to withstand the type of bite pressure than a natural tooth can withstand.
The dentist would explain the process that they would go through if they were to go ahead and get one.
A dental implant is an artificial titanium root. You can think of it as an artificial tooth root which is submerged into your jawbone. The implant looks a little like a titanium screw. The process of actually putting it in is as convenient, in some ways, as extracting a tooth. After a period of time where the bone and gum tissue around the implant is given a chance to regrow, it’s uncovered again and then a crown is fitted over the top of that which looks exactly like a natural tooth. (If you want to know more about what a crown or bridge is, take a look at the educational videos on this page of our website.)
Dental implants withstand greater bite pressures than their alternatives, and they are proven to prevent bone loss. Implants are also good for preventing a cheek collapsing after extractions.
Depending on the individual case, it’s possible that alternatives exist, such as dentures, or perhaps crowns and bridges. But as I said, from my personal point of view—and I’ve both seen and experienced having an implant—I think it’s the best. Dentures can feel uncomfortable, and they’re sometimes inconvenient. Patients have to remove them, for example, at night. So if a patient has the choice, I strongly advise them to take the option of having an implant. It really becomes just like a part of your mouth. You get on with your life, using your teeth without noticing there’s anything artificial there