Replacing missing teeth in Christchurch
What are Dental Implants?
A Dental Implant is an artificial replacement for a tooth root, typically made from titanium. Once implants are placed they are then used to support a single tooth, multiple teeth or even dentures.
What does the Treatment Involve?
Most people can have implant treatment. The first stage is to attend the practice for a consultation to see if you are suitable for implant treatment. We may need to take x-rays and plaster models of your teeth to check whether an implant would be the right treatment for you. The first stage of treatment involves the surgical placement of implant(s) which is then left for three months to heal. Implants are surgically placed and left to heal into the jawbone. Subsequent appointments involve placing the crown, bridge or denture on the implant.
Who can have implants?
If you are missing one or more teeth then you could benefit from implant treatment.
One missing tooth
A titanium implant effectively replaces the missing root. Once integrated with the jawbone a porcelain crown can be securely and permanently fixed to the implant. This reduces the need for a denture or cemented bridge.
Multiple missing teeth
Where you are missing more than one tooth it is possible to provide an implant-based solution. In this example two implants are placed to replace three missing teeth. By placing 2 implants a denture can be retained to stop it moving.
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