Implants

Dental implants have changed the face of dentistry over the past 30 years. An implant is a metal replacement for a tooth root. Like the roots of a tooth, an implant is secured into the bone of either the upper or lower jaw. They are not visible once placed.

Implants are made from Titanium or Titanium alloy. This bio-compatible metal is not rejected by the body, is lightweight and very strong. Titanium and Titanium alloy are used for a variety of bone implants, not just in the jaw however Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted metal device.

Titanium and its alloys, unlike other metals, allow bone to fuse to the implant surface. This process, called osseo-integration is the special property that contributes to the high success rate of implants.

Implants not only replace lost teeth, they will also stabilise the bone they are placed into. When teeth are lost, the bone that supported the teeth is lost too. Placing an implant prevents this loss and so the shape and volume of the jaw bone is maintained.

Implants can be used to support single porcelain crowns, to retain a bridge or to secure and stabilise a denture.

     

Not everyone is suitable for implants however. Before any implant is placed, a careful examination In the mouth and with radiographs is completed. We also check the previous medical history as certain drugs, such as Warfarin and Bisphosphonates and medical conditions such as Diabetes or any bone disorder, will have a detrimental effect on any implant placed. 

If you are suitable for implants and these are placed and restored with either a porcelain crown or bridge, these should look and feel like natural teeth. If used to retain a denture with stud attachments, the denture will remain in place while speaking and eating but can be removed to allow for cleaning.

Like natural teeth, implants are susceptible to gum disease. This inflammatory response, called peri-implantitis, is caused by the bacterial biofilm that builds up around the teeth and gums. If not removed by brushing and flossing, the inflammatory process causes the disintegration of the bone supporting the implant and will result in the implant loosening. This is a very serious condition however it is easily kept at bay with routine tooth-brushing, flossing and the use of small TePe brushes. We also recommend regular check-ups and radiographic monitoring to maintain the health of the implant and supporting bone.

At Ian Robertson Dental Care, we have placed and restored implants since 2002. We use the Straumann Implant system exclusively and through careful planning and case selection, have a success rate greater than 99%.

If you have any spaces due to tooth loss or have a mobile denture and would like to know your options, call in at reception or phone 01382 477350 for Broughty Ferry or 01241 874263 for Arbroath, to arrange an implant consultation.