What is an implant?

A dental implant is a metal screw which can be used to substitute a missing tooth root. The implant is normally made of titanium with the surface specially treated to stimulate bone growth onto the surface of the implant. The current technique was developed more than 40 years ago and is a highly successful procedure.

A dental implant can be used to support a crown, a bridge or a denture depending on a patient’s individual needs. Once the implant has been placed it is normally allowed to heal undisturbed for approximately 8 weeks prior to attaching the crown, bridge or denture. During this 8-week period, the implant fuses with the bone, a process known as “osseo-integration”.

We work closely with the Straumann Implant Company, who are based in Switzerland. (http://www.straumann.co.uk) Straumann is one of the largest implant companies in the World with a global reputation for research and development to the highest of standards. The Straumann® Dental implant System is renowned for its exceptional quality and reliability. It is one of the most extensively scientifically documented implant systems in the world, comprising surgical implants and prosthetic components that connect the implant with the crown of the replacement tooth. For over 60 years, Straumann has been driven by research and innovation. Having taken a pioneering role in implantology, the company today is a leading global contributor to Research & Development in its fields. Straumann is also renowned for its outstanding role in education and provides state-of-the-art training for dental professionals in more than 70 countries.

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