Dental Implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth.
The implants are placed directly into the jawbone, so they hold false teeth in place in the same way that the roots support natural teeth.
Dental implants can last for many years and have an extremely high success rate. They are an ideal option for people in good general oral health. Especially who have lost a tooth or teeth due to gum disease, trauma, or some other reason. They are so natural-looking, you may forget you ever lost a tooth!
Dental Implants Procedure
At the assessment to check for suitability for dental implants, impressions for models will be taken along with some x-rays.
It is at this stage that the number and position of implants would be discussed with you and the costs given along with the timetable for the treatment. Generally speaking, the length of time it takes from placement of an implant to subsequent impressions and then placement of the final restoration (crown, bridge or implant retained denture). This varies from three to six months depending on the site in the mouth. This time is needed to allow for maximum bonding and hence strength of the dental implant with the bone.
Placing of the implants is usually done under local anaesthetic which most people find quite comfortable. Intravenous sedation is also an option if you wish a deeper level of relaxation.
Reasons to have dental implants
In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth without sacrificing the health of neighbouring teeth.
The alternative of bridgework can involve reshaping adjacent healthy teeth to accommodate the bridge. A titanium dental implant is placed in the missing tooth space to serve as a new root and after a period of time a crown is placed over the top to restore function once again.
If you find that your denture moves around a lot in your mouth, dental implants can help to anchor the denture in place to give more stability and confidence.
When you lose teeth, your jawbone may start to shrink and disappear. In some cases this can result in sunken lips and cheeks. Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.
Dental implants can redistribute the load off the remaining teeth preventing wear and further tooth loss as dental implants are functional in themselves.
Improved speech and ability to eat. Wearing a denture can affect your speech and limit what you can eat when it comes to having a meal. Dental implants can remove these problems.
Dental implants can be much easier to manage and keep clean compared to bridgework.