Transform your smile with dental implants.pdf - Page 11



There are now thousands of dental implant systems used around
the world. Many of them rely on limited research and have
constantly-changing designs. I believe it is always better to use a
well-researched and long-term, predictable system from a major
manufacturer – a system that has been developed and tested
over many years.
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Dental implants are usually made from commercially pure
titanium, which rarely causes an allergic reaction, though some
types of implants use other metals. Some newer implants are
made from a special ceramic (e.g. zirconium oxide), but longterm research on them is limited at present.
A dental implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth,
and two or more implants can be used as support for two or
three missing teeth. Four, six
or eight implants can be
used to replace 10 to 14
missing teeth in one jaw.
Dental implants can also be
used to attach, and stabilise,
removable dentures.
Implants offer the prospect
of having fixed teeth again –
teeth that look, act and feel
like natural teeth. Implant
replacement teeth do not
damage adjacent healthy
ones. If they are placed well
and are properly looked
after, they are a reliable,
predictable and safe longterm solution for missing
teeth. Some dental implants
have lasted for more than
40 years!
A front tooth is missing
The finished implant with crown
These before and after photographs show an implant
that is indistinguishable from an original tooth.
This tooth was lost due to an infection. Bone grafting
was necessary to rebuild the bone that was lost.

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