What Are Dental Implants
A dental implant is essentially a titanium rod (looks like a screw) that is inserted into your jaw bone either the lower (mandible) or upper (maxilla) with a prosthetic tooth placed on top. It is a fixed option to replace a missing tooth, teeth or to support partial or full dentures. Dental implants are a relatively new but proven treatment method to replace missing teeth.
Why Get A Dental Implant?
It’s a great idea to speak to your dentist before making any decisions, however dental implants can have many benefits for the right case. Benefits such as;
- Patients experience an increase in self confidence
- There are no age restriction for a dental implant (unlike alternative options)
- They are aesthetically pleasing and very natural looking
- They last much longer than bridges or dentures
- No wear and tear on surrounding teeth is caused
- An implant will prevent bone loss associated with missing teeth
- They are a great replacement option to removable dentures and bridges.
- Allow patient to eat hard foods with confidence
Are Dental Implants Easy To Look After?
Dental implants are easy to maintain with the maintenance required as for your natural teeth. It is important that you keep them clean and we can show you how to do this. The success rates of this treatment are about 95% or higher when good oral health care is followed. If cared for correctly, your dental implant should last a lifetime. The artificial replacement tooth attached, however, be it a dental crown, bridge or denture, does have a lifespan, which is generally between 5-15 years depending on how well it is cared for
Are Dental Implant Right For Me?
The nice thing about dental implants is that they are suitable for most people as you only need to be in reasonable health (dental and general) to benefit from this treatment. If you have recently lost a tooth due to an accident or extraction, then our dentists may recommend a dental implant. You may also be an ideal applicant for dental implant surgery, if you wish to replace the use of removable dentures with a more permanent tooth fixture. You will need to have a full consultation with one of our dentists, and this is a great opportunity to find out more about the treatment.