A dental implant replaces a missing tooth by being inserted into the bone of the jaw. The jawbone grows around the implant and becomes very stable so that the implant looks and functions similarly to your tooth. People who have felt embarrassed because of missing teeth when they smile, difficulty eating or loose dentures are appreciative of replacement teeth that look and feel like the ones they have lost due to accidents, decay, infection or gum disease.
We use both titanium and ceramic implants. Ceramic implants are used for those people who wish to avoid the metal of titanium. They are biocompatible and look very natural once restored. There are some situations where ceramic implants cant be used, your dentist Damian Park will discuss this with you.
Your dentist will need to asses the site that the implant will be put into. This is done by looking at your mouth and also using an X-ray. Often a 3D image is used to accurately asses the area of bone. If there is insufficient bone present because it has been lost due to infection or trauma, a graft is needed to restore the area