If you have any number of missing teeth you should consider the exciting possibility of dental implants, dentures are no longer the only option.
Dental Implants once fitted should feel part of your natural dentition and do not affect the neighbouring teeth. Dental Implant treatment is a great option for restoring your smile and regaining confidence.
Reasons for dental implants
Aesthetics – dental implants look and feel good and excellent results are achievable that look exactly like natural teeth.
Comfort – a dental implant is such a good tooth replacement, that you don’t even remember it’s not real.
Durability – dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. They bond to the jaw bone and become part of it, this connection is as strong as a natural tooth root. The completed dental implant is as strong and durable as a natural tooth.
Improved oral health – since treatment with dental implants involves placing implants in areas where there are no teeth and does not affect your other healthy teeth, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health.
Improved hygiene – Individual dental implants allow easier access between teeth, enabling everyday normal dental care, and in that way improve oral hygiene.
What is a Dental Implant?
A titanium screw is implanted into the jaw and after a period of healing, the replacement tooth is attached to it. Dental implants feel and function like natural teeth. You can have any number of implants, depending on your requirements.
Age is not a factor. It is, however, recommended to have an implant soon after the tooth is removed otherwise the jawbone shrinks away. This results in loss of facial support and premature ageing
It is essentially a small tapered screw designed to mimic the natural root of a tooth. It is made of titanium alloy which is bio-compatible so there is no need to fear allergic reactions or body rejection.
The benefits of dental implants
- You feel great because you can talk, smile, eat and laugh again with confidence
- Improved facial appearance – the loss of back teeth can cause your mouth to sink and face to look prematurely older
- The correct functioning of your mouth – with missing teeth, your speech may be affected since the front teeth help to form certain sounds
- Prevention of bone loss from the jaws – after teeth are removed, the jawbone that was associated with the roots of the missing tooth dissolves away. The insertion of dental implants restores the natural functions of the mouth and maintains the bone.