What is a dental implant?
Dental Implants provide a fixed replacement for missing teeth. Having missing teeth can really knock your confidence, and can make you feel embarrassed. It can also make you conscious about the way you eat and speak and smile. You may also be worried about showing your teeth, or that your dentures might move or even slip out.
A dental implant is a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. You can have them placed directly into your mouth, where they provide an artificial replacement for the root of your missing tooth or teeth. They can support crowns, bridges or dentures.
Dental implants offer a long-lasting, cosmetic and discrete choice of treatment for replacing teeth.
A dental implant itself is a titanium screw, which works at replacing your missing tooth root. After it’s fitted, the bone surrounding your implant will gradually fuse to it. This helps hold your implant firmly in place. An artificial tooth (a crown, bridge or denture), which looks just like a normal tooth, is then fitted to the top of the implant. This gives you a natural look to your smile
What are the benefits of dental Implants?
Compared to alternative options, dental implants not only look natural, but function like your own teeth. It is even possible to replace all your teeth with a full mouth of fixed dental implants, or an implant retained denture. The benefits of having Dental Implants include:
Replace loose dentures
Maintain your bone structure following tooth loss
Function and feel like natural teeth
Improve the appearance of your smile
Improve chewing and speaking
Preserves the health of adjacent and surrounding teeth
Provides a long term permanent solution
Some procedures are also less destructive than conventional dentistry, for example an implant in comparison to a convention bridge, as can be seen below in the video.