What is a Dental Implant?
A Dental Implant is a small titanium screw which is placed in the gum and serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing tooth. The implant will then bond with the bone over time and serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth or teeth. Dental Implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth.
For some where a denture is acceptable, implants can be used to anchor the denture during function making it much more stable and eliminating the sore gums that many denture wearers experience.
What are the advantages of a Dental Implant?
Improved appearance: When you lose an entire tooth - crown and root - shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or bridge doesn't.
Maintained natural teeth: With traditional practices, two teeth adjacent to a missing tooth must be ground down to anchor a bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
Permanent solution: There are no loose parts to worry about. The implant is stable and comfortable and should serve its owner for life.
Most importantly, Dental Implants function, feel and look like natural teeth and problems with treatment are rare.
Are Dental Implants safe?
There has now been almost forty years of research showing that implant treatment is both safe and reliable, even in medically compromised or elderly patients. Today, over a million people have had implants fitted and this has become a tried and tested method for replacing lost teeth.