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What are dental implants?

Implants are titanium inserts which are placed within the bone of the upper and/or lower jaw. They act as a replacement for the root of a natural tooth. Once fully integrated with the natural bone, they become solid anchor points to which a denture or other dental restoration can be attached. The system allows the patient to insert and remove the denture when required for cleaning etc.

For the ultimate in denture stabilization and retention, implants are an excellent option. An added benefit is that they help to maintain good bone condition due to the loading on the bone. If the bone is not worked, it will almost certainly shrink or resorb.

Most problems associated with dentures are related to the lower jaw due to its shape, so it is quite common to have just two implants in this area if there are no upper retention problems. With two implants placed into the lower jaw and a denture securely located onto these, the full benefits of being able to live normally without the need to be continually conscious of your teeth can be realized.

With this type of denture the patient is referred to an implant dental surgeon who will place your implants following a consultation to check the patient's suitability. Once the implants have been placed and are fully integrated with your natural bone, the construction of the new dentures can begin.