Under proper conditions and with diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.
People lose teeth all the time, either through trauma (when teeth are knocked out) or due to decay, gum disease or severe wear and tear.
Whatever the reason for losing your teeth, they need to be replaced, both for aesthetic and functional reasons. The most common treatments for missing teeth are either a denture or a fixed bridge. However, dental implants are now becoming a more popular treatment option to replace missing teeth, as they provide a longer-term solution, slow down bone loss and preserve nearby healthy tooth tissue.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. It is made of a specially coated titanium that a dentist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or teeth bridge.
Simple placement requires that enough depth and thickness of bone remains after the extraction area has healed. Your dentist will advise you if this is the case.
While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework. Since implants do not rely on neighbouring teeth for support, there is no need to trim down or touch any of the teeth nearby.
The main system regularly used in this practice is Zimmer. We are familiar with other systems (for example NobelBiocare, Straumann) so can assist patients who have had other types of implants inserted elsewhere.
Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.
Do you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth? Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure ? Perhaps you have difficulty chewing…
If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile again, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news !
Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own.
Dental implants are an ideal option if you have good general oral health and have lost a tooth or teeth due to gum disease, an injury or badly decayed/fractured tooth structure.
If you would like to find out more about implants, check out this website http://www.cosmeticdentistryguide.co.uk/implants