What Is An Implant?


A dental Implant can be thought of as an artificial tooth root that is submerged into the jaw bone. When dental work such as a crown, fixed bridge or a full set of dentures is added one or more teeth can be replaced. A dental implant is fabricated from a very strong bio compatible material which is surgically placed in a relatively simple straight-forward procedure.

After an initial healing period of 7-days, the implant is left unloaded (without a crown) for 4 months which allows the surrounding bone to grow onto the implant.

After 4 months an x-ray is taken to assess bone integration. At this stage, impressions are taken and a dental technician will fabricate the crown/s. These are then returned to the surgery for placement at a subsequent appointment generally 2 weeks later by your dentist.