Dental implants have restored the smiles, dental health and function for people all over the world. A dental implant is a titanium fixture that is surgically placed into your jaw bone and this acts as a root-like support for a replacement tooth. Titanium is an ideal implant material as it is strong, biocompatible with living bone and muscle tissue and has been used in medical procedures for many decades. Most importantly, bone is able to fuse with titanium, creating a solid stable structure to cope with the pressures of eating and chewing.
Following the successful implant placement, a prosthetic tooth can be fitted directly to the implant and this replacement option can be a crown, dental bridge or even a custom made prosthesis if multiple replacements are required. The purpose and reason for recommending a dental implant is multifunctional, it covers both aesthetic and oral health applications.
Why replace a missing tooth?
Replacing a missing tooth is vital for achieving total oral and general health. Teeth are not set permanently in the one position, and when your teeth are in correct alignment, they prevent each other from moving. If you are missing a tooth, this allows the surrounding and opposing teeth to move and drift into the vacant space, your teeth can become crooked and therefore difficult to clean, this can lead to decay, gum disease and further tooth loss.
The implant procedure is conducted under a local anaesthetic with many patients reporting very little or no discomfort, in fact many return to work and their normal daily lives the following day. Requiring only a minor opening in your gum-line, your implant is then guided gently into position. The exact position of your implant is determined after a series of oral exams and detailed radiographs.
Please be aware that this is a surgical procedure and following the implant placement, you’ll undergo a sequence of appointments to construct your prosthetic tooth replacement.
Once your implant treatment is complete and your final restoration is connected, you will be able to relax, knowing that your new tooth is stable, secure and reliable. You can virtually forget that you were ever missing a tooth.
The benefits of dental implants include:
- Improved confidence
- Stability during speech and eating
- Increased preservation of your jaw bone
- The look and function of natural teeth
- The confidence of years of research and thousands of successful implant treatments world wide
Following your implant procedure it is important to remember that maintaining your oral health is essential. Even though your implant is titanium and your replacement teeth are produced from high quality porcelain, your surrounding teeth and gums are still prone to the effects of gum disease.
Most people are suitable candidates for a dental implant however; there may be some situations where we will need to recommend other tooth replacement options. If you would like to know more about dental implants and how they may help you, please contact us for a detailed consultation and assessment.