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What are Implants?
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and have been around since the mid-1960s. Implants are highly safe, predictable and reliable, which is why they are an ideal alternative to removable dentures. They can be used to support single teeth, multiple teeth and even help support dentures.
Most implants are made from titanium, which is a metal able to bond with the jawbone during healing. Implants can also be made from zirconia, which is white in colour and has similar bone healing qualities. Zirconia implants can be as effective as titanium implants and serve as a great alternative to titanium ones.
There are hundreds of implant manufacturers and choosing the right one is as important as choosing the person providing it for you. An implant manufacturer should be able to:
- Provide robust research on its implant products.
- Produce spare parts for its implant products even if the implant becomes discontinued.
- Have an international presence, so a patient can have implant support across the world.
- Provide excellent customer service and support.
An implant can vary in design by implant shape, surface texture and tooth connection. There is not one implant fits all and your implant surgeon will factor in the tooth position, delayed or immediate implant technique, masticatory biting forces, susceptibility to periodontitis and medical factors when choosing an implant design.
It is essential that implants, like natural teeth, are checked and looked after. Infections around implants can cause problems and sometimes lead to implants being removed. Good oral hygiene at home and regular check-ups with your implant dentist are essential to keep them strong and secure long term.