Dental implants consist of titanium tooth roots with an artificial or prosthetic tooth added to the top. They are used to replace missing teeth and can be more reliable than dentures. Dentures need to regularly be attached using special fixatives and can often move and be uncomfortable while eating or talking. With implants once they are in, they can be treated like natural teeth and often actually hold up better against decay.
Although there are a number of restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, none have proven to be as functionally effective and durable as implants.
With good oral hygiene, dental implants can last for 20 years or more without the need for replacement. Dental implants are often a popular choice for people who have only one or two teeth missing, but they can be an alternative to dentures if you have several missing teeth.
Whether in business or personal lives, our smiles can often define who we are. They make us feel happy. If you are missing teeth then this can have a negative affect on your smile and thus your wellbeing.
While dentures and removable bridges can often become loose and unstable, implants provide you with dental replacements that are much more stable and actually look far more natural. In fact, implants offer the same force for biting as bridges that are fixed in place yet implants will last your lifetime.
Alongside the cosmetic effects of lost teeth, if you have spaces caused my missing teeth, this can cause eating to become uncomfortable and thus adversely effect your eating habits.
Having implants fitted does carry risks, it is actual dental surgery and involved implanting the titanium rod into the bone of your jaw. This is coupled with the fact that implants do not come cheap. Although extensive use of implants can give you a stunning smile, this can come at a price.
As this is surgery most people will experience varying degrees discomfort or pain, which will usually subside in a couple of days. As with similar types of surgery, bruising and minor swelling might also develop shortly after the procedure. The crown (false tooth placed on top) will need to be replaced in ten to fifteen years.
Our implantologists are industry leading and have many years experience in fitting implants. Their experienced and friendly manner will put you at ease from the moment you sit in the chair. Our clinicians are more than happy to discuss the individual benefits with you at an initial consultation. To see a list of our clinicians see here.