Dental Implants are a safe, natural looking solution to missing teeth and ill-fitting dentures that not only produce wonderfully restored smiles but can also be beneficial to your overall oral health.
Implants can eliminate those problems associated with tooth loss or denture wear, such as low self-confidence, speech problems and chewing difficulties. Also, as they act like natural teeth, they retain the structure of the jawbone and help prevent bone degeneration, so you can maintain a more youthful look. They have the added benefit of keeping existing teeth in place so they won’t become misaligned.
Unlike traditional bridgework, implants avoid the need to file down healthy teeth, which can cause problems for gums or root canals, leading to further decay. An implant is also easier to clean and does not need an attachment that can cause damage to neighbouring teeth.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that replicates the real thing with a titanium cylinder that is inserted into the jawbone. Over a few months, this fuses snugly with the bone and will act as the new “root” to which a crown or bridge is then attached.
What does treatment involve?
During an initial consultation, we assess your teeth, gums and the condition of your jaw bone so we can create a tailor-made treatment plan. If we decide your jaw bone is not able to support implants, you may need bone grafting to ensure that it can.
A small cut is made in the gum and the titanium post (implant) is carefully inserted. An anaesthetic during surgery will ensure that this process is comfortable and pain free. In most cases the implant is then left for between 3-6 months while it fuses with the bone – a process known as “osseointegration”. Once integrated it can then be uncovered and your new replacement tooth attached to restore your bite and smile.
How long will implants last?
If you pay close attention to your oral health, there really is no reason why your implants shouldn’t offer a long lasting solution. To ensure their longevity, you need to treat them just like your natural teeth, which means plenty of brushing and flossing and making sure you keep up to date with your dental check-ups.