Dental implants

Dental implants are the perfect solution to replacing missing teeth without the need for dentures or bridges.

The technology has been widely used for the last 30 years but only recently have dentists been able to offer this service in the normal surgery as a matter of routine treatment.

The implant procedure involves placing an internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted and integrated into the bone they provide a permanent support for crowns, bridges or dentures.

Almost all dental implants currently used today are made from titanium or titanium alloy. These are materials that have been shown over many years to be well accepted by bone.

A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth.  The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. Within a few months as with any implanted support, the bone grows and secures the implanted screw.

At Granville House we can offer individual implants or complete upper and lower implants to replace bridges and dentures.

On many occasions an implant will be inserted on the extraction of a tooth, thus minimising the time you are without a tooth, but it is equally successful to insert implants even when you have had dentures for years.

If you are missing just one natural tooth, then one implant is normally all that will be needed to provide a replacement. Larger spaces created by two, three or more missing teeth do not necessarily need an individual implant per tooth; however the exact number of implants will depend upon the quality and volume of bone at each potential implant site.

Occasionally, it is even possible to join natural teeth to implants with a conventional bridge.