What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a metal post, or artificial tooth root, which is surgically placed into the jaw-bone underneath the gum. They are used to replace missing teeth or to anchor a removable denture. Dental implants are made of titanium, which is biocompatible and non-allergenic. Dental Implants fuse to the bone, thus becoming a part of the body.
Benefits of dental implants
What does “fixed or removable false teeth” actually mean?
The term “fixed” implies a tooth (or teeth) anchored rigidly onto a dental implant (or dental implants). A fixed tooth crown is screwed into the dental implant in the same way as a natural tooth crown is attached to the root of a natural tooth. Where 2 or more teeth side by side are missing, the replacement teeth are linked together to form a “bridge” which is also screwed into 2 or more dental implants.
The term “removable” implies a denture which is anchored rigidly onto 2 or more implants, to stop it shifting or slipping in your mouth. This is an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. The denture and retained dental implants feel more natural than a conventional denture.
For some people, dentures are just not possible due to sore-spots or gagging. The ideal solution for such patients is a full-jaw bridge which is also screwed into 4 or more dental implants, and is fixed into the mouth.