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Dental Implants

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth.

Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth. Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.

Advantages

  • The implant and crown is free standing so that it does not rely on other teeth. It is as much like a natural tooth as we can achieve.
  • It can look very natural if there is enough bone and gum to support it. Sometimes grafting (or adding bone) is required.

Disadvantages

  • Bone grafting may be required if there is insufficient bone to put the implant into.
  • Smoking reduces success rates.
  • Success rates depend on the site in the mouth.
  • Regular maintenance and excellent homecare is required. Guarantees apply when visits to the dental hygienist allow for monitoring what is happening in your mouth 6 monthly.

There is a risk of failure when the teeth are subjected to grinding forces especially at night. A bite splint helps to reduce these forces.

Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you, so contact us to arrange a consultation.