A dental implant acts as a replacement for damaged roots and provides support for a replacement tooth, denture or bridgework (in combination with additional implants). The implant fuses with the existing bone to create the basis for additional dental work. Titanium implants are most commonly used, following on from techniques developed by Professor Per-Ingvar Branemark. Implants can also support bridges or dentures.
Dental implants can act as an alternative to removable dentures or crown and bridge work. An abutment is attached to the implant, once the healing process is completed and then a crown (replacement tooth) can be fitted directly to the implant.
Implants are suitable for most patients, though they may not be suitable for patients with significantly reduced bone density. They improve appearance, self-esteem, oral health, ease of eating, speech and overall confidence. They remove the discomfort of dentures or decaying teeth and are very durable.
Implantology is a very successful field. Implant failure is rare. Where failure does occur, it is usually due to poor oral care following treatment and does not usually mean pain. There is no real reason to expect implant failure.
DCA offers various types of American, German and Swedish implants, with five or ten year guarantees.