WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are used when a tooth or teeth have been lost.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is placed within the jaw bone to act as an artificial root. Titanium is well-tolerated and over a period of time your own bone becomes attached to the surface of the implant. This provides a firm foundation for the attachment of a crown, bridge or denture.
WHY DENTAL IMPLANTS FOR MISSING TEETH?
Tooth loss can have important functional and psychological implications. Patients may suffer difficulty with eating, uncomfortable and poorly retained false teeth or self-consciousness.
Where there is loss of a single tooth, restoration of the space using an implant does not involve treatment to or trimming down of adjacent teeth as might be required for a conventional fixed bridge.
A dental implant and implant crown will also help to minimise the amount of bone that will be lost in the area of the missing tooth. Preserving bone may help to maintain your remaining natural teeth and natural facial contours.
In many cases dental implants can allow removable dentures to be dispensed with completely by replacing them with fixed bridgework similar to natural teeth with not only an aesthetically pleasing appearance but also a virtually natural function. Where a denture is required, it is fixed to the implant allowing the wearer to feel confident that it is secure.
When your treatment is complete, you should be able to chew, speak and socialise without experiencing the negative emotions that may be associated with missing teeth.