Dental implants have changed the face of dentistry, but what’s all the fuss about and could implants benefit you?
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the newest kid on the block in the world of tooth replacement treatment. These small titanium screw-like devices have had a major impact on modern dentistry and they have already helped thousands of patients all over the world to enjoy amazing new smiles.
Implants are designed to integrate into the jaw bone tissue and they are compatible with a range of different restorations, which makes them a viable treatment option for almost all patients with missing teeth. The implant is fixed into a pre-drilled hole in the bone and then left to integrate; this process takes several months and once it is complete, the new restoration is attached to replace the visible part of the tooth. While the crown, denture or dental bridge replaces the original crown, the implant takes on the roles and responsibilities of the tooth root.
Could dental implants benefit me?
Dental implants have benefits for most patients with missing teeth, whether you have one missing tooth or a full arch of missing teeth. As they are compatible with bridges, dentures and crowns, they are suitable for patients of all ages with varying needs.
Implants are a long-term treatment and they last much longer than dentures and dental bridges; they are also the closest prosthesis to a natural tooth, providing excellent aesthetics and allowing you to do everything you could do if you had a full set of natural teeth. Implants can also help to reduce bone loss.