Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement treatment; they last for several years and provide unrivalled aesthetics and functionality.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium screw-shaped devices, which are placed inside pre-drilled sockets in the jaw bone. The idea is that the implant acts as a new replacement root of the missing tooth. Once the implant is in position, it starts to integrate into the bone tissue; this process takes around 3-8 months. After this, a restoration is attached to the implant, such as a dental crown, dental bridge or denture.
Dental implants can replace any number of missing teeth, from a single tooth to a full arch and they can, if taken care of, last for many years.
Why is it important to replace missing teeth?
It is always beneficial to replace missing teeth because the teeth have a number of important roles and without them, the function of the mouth is impaired. If you have missing teeth, this can affect your speech and you may find it difficult to chew and grind food properly. Your teeth also have an important aesthetic role; gaps in the smile can look unattractive and unhealthy and dental implants can help to create a beautiful, healthy looking smile. A large number of missing teeth can also cause the cheeks to look sunken and you may find that the remaining teeth start to move out of position, which can be problematic.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants are the best long-term treatment for missing teeth; they are expensive, but they represent a long-term investment and they have numerous benefits. Dental implants restore function to the mouth, so you can eat and speak without any problems and they also produce beautiful, natural aesthetics. Dental implants are also very versatile; they can replace single missing teeth, a small number of missing teeth or a full arch of teeth and they are a suitable treatment for most patients with missing teeth. Dental implants also help to reduce bone loss and as they are made from titanium, they do not interfere with the neighbouring teeth, bone tissue or gums.
Contact us today to find out more about dental implants and how they could give you a beautiful, confident smile.