An implant is a tooth root replacement, which is placed in the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. It is often done under local anaesthesia. Most implants look like a screw and are made of titanium, zirconium or a combination of these materials. The implant is a strong base for an implant crown, implant bridge or artificial (click) teeth.
If you are missing a tooth, or if several teeth are missing in your mouth, implantology may be an appropriate treatment. If a single tooth is missing, 1 implant is usually placed. After a so-called ‘bone ingrowth period’, a crown is placed on top of it, an implant crown.
If several teeth/teeth are missing next to each other, implantology can be used to anchor a removable click frame. But multiple implants can also be placed, on which an implant bridge is placed. This, like an implant crown, is fixed in your mouth and functions like normal teeth.
If you have dentures and there is little grip in your jaw that causes the dentures to loosen with chewing, 2, 4 or 6 implants can be placed. A full denture is then made that clicks onto the implants. Such click dentures are removable just like a click frame, so you can clean them properly every day.