What are Dental Implants?
If you’re dealing with the discomfort of missing teeth, whether it’s affecting your self-esteem, causing difficulties in biting or chewing, or you’re seeking a more reliable alternative to dentures, dental implants offer a lasting and aesthetically pleasing solution.
What exactly is a dental implant? A dental implant comprises a titanium screw surgically inserted into your jawbone, effectively taking the place of your missing tooth root. Once in position, the bone surrounding the implant gradually fuses with it, providing a secure anchor.
Subsequently, a false tooth, or crown, meticulously designed to match the colour and shape of your natural teeth, is affixed to the top of the implant. This results in a fixed solution that not only addresses functional concerns but also restores a natural-looking smile.
What advantages does dental implant treatment offer?
The absence or deterioration of teeth can significantly impact both your self-assurance and daily activities, including dietary choices. Dental implants emerge as a popular and enduring solution capable of restoring your smile.
Natural Aesthetics: Dental implants consist of titanium posts securely anchored in the jawbone. Through a gradual fusion process, the implant becomes robust and stable, mimicking the function of a natural tooth. Topped with a custom-matched crown, the false tooth seamlessly integrates in terms of shade, shape, and size with your existing teeth, providing both comfort and a natural appearance.
Stability and Durability: Implants offer a fixed and long-term remedy, boasting a potential lifespan of 10 years or more with proper care. Unlike removable alternatives, there is no need to concern yourself with taking them out for eating or sleeping, and the risk of accidental displacement is eliminated.
Prevention of Bone Loss: The loss of a tooth triggers a reduction in the jawbone beneath it, altering facial contours and potentially ageing your appearance. Dental implants counteract this by stimulating the jaw, mimicking the natural tooth-root interaction and preventing further bone loss.
Culinary Freedom: Missing teeth often impede the enjoyment of chewy or hard foods like apples, crunchy vegetables, and certain meats. Dental implants restore your biting capability, enabling you to chew effectively and relish a wider array of your favourite foods.
Preservation of Healthy Teeth: In contrast to some methods for replacing missing teeth, dental implants necessitate no alteration to your neighbouring, healthy teeth, ensuring their integrity remains unaffected.
Why you might choose an alternative solution:
Dental implant treatment is a long-lasting solution for replacing missing teeth, but it’s not for everybody. Sometimes people choose to opt for an alternative. This is because:
- Having implant treatment requires multiple procedures and your mouth needs to heal between the implant and false tooth being fitted. So, implant treatment can take longer than other solutions, such as dentures.
- Not everyone is suitable for dental implants, for example, if you have had radiotherapy around the jaw, or diabetes which isn’t well controlled you may not be eligible. Your dentist will need to assess your suitability during your initial consultation.
- If you don’t have enough natural bone in your jaw to support the implant, you might need a supporting treatment such as a bone graft or sinus lift first. This can add time and additional costs to the procedure.
- Dental implant treatment involves complex surgery, meaning the work involved can cost more than alternative solutions, such as fitting dentures. They’re also made from high-quality materials including ceramic or porcelain, while a denture is usually made from plastic, which can affect the cost.
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