Dental Implants are the most advanced and effective solution for people with missing teeth.
Why may I require a dental implant?
Gaps in your teeth not only detract from an otherwise beautiful smile but can also create problems for other teeth as they become free to drift in to the space once occupied by the missing tooth. This means that little gaps can start to appear adjacent to the missing tooth, & the tooth or teeth in the opposing jaw may start to grow (or over-erupt) in to the newly found space in the opposite jaw. This is something which we obviously would like to prevent as once movement takes place it can be more complicated to correct. The loss of a tooth may also cause a change in facial profile as the bone resorbs (or shrinks away). In addition, whenever a tooth is lost more load is placed on the adjacent teeth when we chew. This is more likely to lead to fractures if any of those teeth are weak & this is another reason why it may be desirable to fill in the gap left by a missing tooth. When a number of teeth are missing, other solutions such as a dental bridge may not be feasible & we then have to consider more sophisticated options such as dental implants.
Dental Implants are a permanent answer to tooth loss. They look and feel completely natural and are suitable for one or more missing teeth. This procedure has revolutionised dental treatments involving tooth loss and has helped recapture the health and confidence of many of our patients.
Dental Implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone, acting as an anchor for replacement teeth. Over time the jawbone will attach itself to the Implant, enabling replacement teeth to be permanently fastened into place. Crowns, a Bridge, or stabilized Denture may then be attached to the Implant.
The ideal candidate for Dental Implants is in good general and oral health, and they must have adequate bone available to support the Implant. Implants offer many benefits to patients, including:
- Aesthetics and Confidence:
Implants look and feel just like natural teeth. They may also improve your confidence and self-image.
Your Dental Implants will act just like real teeth. You will be able to eat and chew again without pain or irritation.
Dental Implants maintain your bone structure and support your facial tissues. They can reduce or eliminate bone atrophy, which causes "shrinkage" or facial cosmetic changes.
- Tooth-saving advantages:
The quality of the adjacent teeth is not sacrificed because they do not have to be prepared to accept a bridge which is the more traditional alternative.
- Success Rate:
The success rate of Dental Implants is very high and they are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement. They look and feel natural and can be expected to last from 20 years to life if looked after properly.