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What are dental implants?

A dental implant is an artificial metal replacement of a tooth root.


The dental implant is placed into the bone which in time, allows the bone to grow onto the implant surface, leading to stability of the dental implant. Later on, a custom-made tooth crown is made and fitted onto the implant.

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What are dental implants used for?

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth, whether a single tooth or several missing teeth, and may also be used to replace full missing arches of teeth.

Can dental implants be placed next to natural teeth?

Yes, dental implants can be placed next to natural teeth - providing that there is sufficient space and the teeth nearby are disease-free and have healthy gums. 

Who is suitable for implant treatment?

Dental implants are suitable for most adults with good general health. If you are a heavy smoker or heavy drinker, this can increase problems with healing and bone growth around the dental implant or cause problems in the long term with the gums or bone around the implant. It is recommended to reduce or stop smoking and reduce alcohol consumption if you are thinking of having treatment with dental implants.

If you suffer from gum disease (periodontal), this may need to be treated before starting a dental implant treatment.

Do I have enough bone for dental implants?

You will receive a full assessment from your doctor, along with getting X-rays - possibly 3D scans - to check if you have sufficient bone for dental implants.


However, if your teeth have been missing a while, then your bone may have shrunk back over time. In this case, bone grafting can be used to help increase your bone volume.

How do I find out if I am suitable for dental implants?

If you are thinking of replacing your teeth/missing teeth with dental implants, you will need to speak with expert dentists that will examine your case and let you know the best solution.


Our skilled doctors at Best Health Clinics have years of experience and will provide you with all the information that you need.


You can contact us to book in for an implant consultation. Once you are at the clinic, we will take X-rays and if required, 3D scans of your jaw.

We provide you with a written summary of your treatment plan discussions, highlighting your current dental situation and any alternatives to dental implants and any fees involved.
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If you have any further questions regarding dental implants, we are happy to help!

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