What is a dental implant ?

A dental implant is a titanium screw that can support a porcelain or plastic artificial tooth crown. They are placed into the jawbones under  local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic by cutting the gum, drilling the bone and are then screwed in. 

Once within the jawbone the gum is then stitched back together and the bone is left to heal around the implant for approximately 3-4 months. This procedure requires adequate bone stock both in width and in height for the implant to be placed successfully. 

Bone stock in patients with hypodontia may be limited as the adult teeth have not developed which also aides the development of the surrounding bone. 

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