Implants

Implants are as close as possible to having your own teeth again. Implants can be used to replace missing teeth or to help retain dentures. If you have lost a single tooth then an implant is the ideal solution to restore a gap without affecting the adjacent teeth. If you have lost more than one tooth then an implant retained bridge may be considered. If you have a mouth which does not hold dentures in well then implants will provide the solution. At the Princes Street Dental Practice we can offer a comprehensive implant service including bone augmentation and grafting to provide enough bone to be able to place implants in difficult cases.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root which can support a crown, bridge, or denture. The implants are made of titanium which, will integrate with the surrounding bone so that the implant then act like a tooth root. The technique avoids the need to wear a denture and feels as much a part of the mouth as the missing tooth used to do.

An implant is screw-shaped and is placed either into the socket of a recently-removed tooth or into a hole made within the bone by the surgeon. After a period of around four to six months the bone will have grown directly onto the surface of the implant, this is fundamental to the process of Dental Implantology. A small cylinder is then attached to the top of the implant (called a healing abutment) to allow the gum to heal around this and then impressions are taken and a crown made to fit onto the top. The implant and crown therefore resembles the root and crown of the natural tooth.

The discovery that titanium integrates with bone was made in 1953 by Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark at his laboratory in Sweden. Brånemark discovered that pure titanium did not induce any severe inflammatory or other reaction in skin or bone tissues.

At the Princes Street Dental Practice Mr. Overton-Fox uses primarily Nobel Biocare Impant systems including The Brånemark System.