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What is a dental implant?A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. If an implant has a screw-thread on its outer surface it can be screwed into position and if it does not, it is usually tapped into place. The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughnesses on the implant surface. In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.

See the following case studies for an example:

Case Study – Dental Implants

When Nicola Lewin contacted us her upper and lower jaws were badly affected by gum disease, her teeth were loose and the x-ray showed excessive bone loss. Our experienced dental team …

Case Study – Branemark Implants

After suffering from gum disease at the age of 45 our client lost all her teeth and she was not ready to wear dentures for the rest of her life. …

Case Study – Camlog Implants

Louise was suffering from recurring abscesses for years and was in and out of a dental chair. Her NHS dentist couldn’t offer her any treatment apart from extractions and dentures, …