Lots of people will have lost at least one tooth, and we understand this can be upsetting. Dental implants can offer the best solution for long-term tooth replacement, and this treatment is often regarded as being the gold standard for replacing lost teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a way of replacing a tooth root using a small titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone. The implant integrates extremely well with the bone, acting like a tooth root, providing a strong and stable support for your replacement tooth. A special attachment called an abutment is attached to the implant post, and this supports the replacement tooth. While single dental implants can be used to support a dental crown, multiple dental implants can be used to support bridges and even complete dentures, providing results that are look completely natural and restoring your mouth to function. Dental implants typically have a success rate of 95% and can last for decades or even for a lifetime.
The procedure for standard dental implants can take several months, but some modern techniques allow us to use dental implants and replacement teeth in one single appointment. This procedure is often used for replacing full dentures with non-removable teeth.
Can Anyone Have Dental Implants?
Dental implants have to be inserted in a certain amount of healthy jaw bone, and bone loss can occur due to disease, or if teeth were lost quite some time ago. It is usually possible to build up lost bone using grafts, or our Implant Dentists might be able to use a smaller dental implant that needs less bone. Our Implant Dentists are the best people to tell you if you are suitable for dental implants, and can discuss the treatment options available to you.
Most people with reasonable general health will be able to have dental implants. Age is not usually a problem, and dental implants can be extremely useful for older people who currently struggle with loose or ill-fitting full dentures. This treatment might not be suitable for people with uncontrolled diabetes or other diseases that affect the immune system, or for heavy smokers, as these conditions can negatively impact healing and increase the chance of implant failure.
What Are The Advantages of Choosing Dental Implants?
Dental implants offer several clear advantages, and these can include:
- Helping to preserve your jawbone. Dental implants replicate a natural tooth root, stimulating the surrounding bone so it continues to renew old bone cells.
- Replacing teeth without negatively impacting your natural teeth. Dental bridges and partial dentures will both affect your natural teeth, and could mean healthy teeth need to be cut down and used for support. Dental implants only have a positive effect on your existing teeth, and these teeth will not need to be cut down or adapted in any way.
- Providing a stable and secure alternative to dentures that can often move around and rub on gum tissues.
- Helping to support your cheeks and lips, retaining the natural contours of your face.
- Being able to enjoy your favourite foods, especially if used to replace dentures.
Different dental solutions and how they compare to dental implants
Dental implants provide a predictable and safe way to replace lost teeth in the most natural way possible. Treatment can take a little longer, but the longevity of dental implants makes any additional effort well worthwhile. A dental implant can be the next best thing to a natural healthy tooth.