With naturally beautiful and functioning teeth you can eat and smile perfectly. However, life has it many twists and turns and with an accident, dental decay or gum disease a tooth or teeth may be lost. Dental implants can be the best solution to replace missing teeth and dental implant restorations are so natural-looking and feeling that you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You will be back to laughing, talking and eating as you always have done.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and is commonly a titanium screw which is carefully placed within bone into the preceise location of the intended tooth. The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates initial stability of the implant, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughness 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 component to be fitted, which can provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.
Some of the benefits of dental implants:
Tooth-saving: Dental implants do not sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. Your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
Bone-saving: The presence of the implant maintains the structure of the bone beneath the replaced tooth, as chewing forces are transmitted through the implant to the bone and stimulate the natural process of bone renewal. This helps preserve a good appearance, both of the restored teeth and of the face.
Comfort: Dental implants are secure and will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence. Implants look and feel like natural teeth. Dental implants can be used to give removable dentures a firm grip. With dental implants, there is no need to use special glues to hold the false teeth in place, as there is with some dentures.
Reliable: the success rate for dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
Cost effective: Because only one tooth is replaced rather than the three teeth of a bridge, dental implant tooth replacement can actually cost less than the traditional bridgework.
If you are interested in knowing more about dental implants, speak to your dentist. If they think dental implants are a viable option for you they can refer you within the practice for a consultation, at which your teeth and space(s) will be assessed thoroughly to see if you are definitely suitable.
For more information on dental implants you can also pick up an information pack from the practice reception desk.