Dental Implants Video
Implants Video Transcript
A dental implant is effectively a hollow screw which has an external thread. That engages with the bone.
We would prepare a small cavity in the bone and we would insert the implant. It attaches to the bone over a period, usually, of a couple of months.
It also has an internal thread. On the internal thread we can put posts inside The posts are often made of gold or titanium We can also use different types of abutments
We are able to put crowns on implants. We can put bridge work on implants and we can also put dentures on implants, attach plastic to implants which means effectively patients will have something that is fixed, they can chew very well with and it’s a very useful way of restoring the dentition to its original form, in other words giving you your smile back and giving you good function again.
Nowadays placing an implant is very much a pain-free procedure. It is done under local anaesthetic in a normal dentist practice setting
Nowadays I’d say it’s a little bit cheaper than it was comparative to costs of say 15-20 years ago. The prices are a bit more competitive
But the advantages are it’s a fixed restoration. It’s a very good alternative to a partial denture which you’d have to take out and generally you have to disinfect overnight which a lot of people find a wee bit unpleasant - the concept of that. So they have something which blends well with their existing teeth and it’s a very cosmetic restoration