What is a dental implant?
An implant is a fixed prostheses made from titanium or titanium alloy. When fixed into the jaw bone they “osseointegrate” which means the implant develops and maintains a close union with bone in order to support replacement teeth. An implant can come in various forms dependant on the placement site and type of implant used. There are many companies that manufacture implants. The system we favour at Buckingham Dental Practice is Biomet 3i & Straumann. The main aim during installation is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughnesses on the implant. Dental implants normally have some sort of internal screw thread. This allows a variety of components to be fitted. These components then go on to provide the foundation for crowns, bridges or dentures.