A dental implant is a titanium root or screw that is placed into the jaw. Usually to replace a single tooth, a single titanium implant is placed and after integration is achieved (around 3months), a crown/tooth is screwed down on top of the dental implant.
This crown is usually made of ceramic and looks and feels just like a natural tooth. It is fixed in the mouth and you able to floss and clean around it just like a natural tooth.
A single dental crown is designed on the laboratory model
A screw connects the implant crown to the implant
At this appointment we will place the implant in the mouth. The dental implant will then be left to heal for around 3-4 months. During this period of time the bone slowly ‘fuses’ to the implant. This is painless procedure which is done under local anaesthetic. You generally do not feel any sharpness or pain during the entire process. For our more anxious patients, IV sedation is available and so is Nitrous oxide.
After 3 – 4 months we will then check the integration and stability of the implant. At the same appointment we will then either take a 3D digital scan of your jaw with our Trios Scanner or take traditional impressions/moulds of your jaw. The purpose of this is to capture the position of the implant.
These scans or impressions will then be sent to a laboratory. The laboratory will then hand-make the crown or “tooth” to fit your mouth exactly. Usually the tooth/crown is made out of ceramic materials that are very strong, aesthetically pleasing and do not stain over time.