Dental implants have revolutionized the way in which dentists are able to replace missing teeth, enable them to restore patient smiles with a solution that is unrivalled in its durability and discretion.
Dental implants are an innovative new treatment in which missing teeth can be replaced with crowns that are attached to an artificial root. This root takes the form of a titanium post that is implanted in to the jaw bone via the soft tissue of the gums. In the past, single artificial teeth would be attached to neighboring natural teeth, placing them under great pressure. However, thanks to implant technology, it is now possible for each individual implant to have its own root, creating superior strength and stability without relying on any other teeth in the mouth.
The unique design of dental implants takes advantage of natural bone healing in the jaw, which occurs around the implanted titanium post, securing it permanently in place. This is known as osseointegration and takes place over a number of months. For this reason, conventional implants are a procedure that takes place over a number of appointments and patients are fitted with temporary crowns until we are sure that osseointegration has taken place and the implants will be successful. Then, you can return to our offices where your custom-designed crown can be placed on to your implant, completing your treatment.
In addition to being used for single tooth replacement, dental implant technology is now being used in implant-supported bridges and implant-supported partial and full dentures, enabling patients to replace multiple missing teeth. When there are several missing teeth or more, these can usually be supported on fewer implant posts meaning that less invasive surgery is needed than placing implants one at a time.
Since the entire design of dental implants relies on osseointegration, it is essential that candidates for the procedure have a jaw bone that is sufficiently healthy and dense enough to support the posts. For this reason, a patient’s candidacy is assessed on a case by case basis and will involve scans and x-rays of your jaw. If you are found to have insufficient bone in your jaw, our dental implant team may speak to you about the possibility of bone grafting, a procedure where bone from another part of the body or artificial bone material is used to encourage jaw bone growth so that implants can be placed.
Dental implants offer patients a variety of different benefits. These include the following:
One of the biggest concerns that patients have about conventional tooth replacement solutions is their stability. Relying on neighboring teeth to support them is far from ideal, and over time, bridges can move and slip inside the mouth, drawing unwanted attention. The same can be said for dentures. However, by anchoring the implants into the jaw, you can benefit from a restoration that has unrivalled stability. This means that you can eat, drink, laugh, sneeze and even kiss without worrying that your implant will come loose.
Dental implants are also amongst the most natural tooth restoration available. Each visible part of the implant, the crown, is created specifically for each individual gap, ensuring that it fits perfectly and is comfortable. It is also glazed in a color that matches your existing teeth, ensuring you have the ultimate discretion and a fully restored, attractive smile.
When a patient loses a tooth, their bone that previously housed the root of the tooth begins to deteriorate. Over time this can affect the shape of your face, leading to a less defined jaw and often causing patients to look older than they really are. By placing an implant into the space, jaw bone growth is prompted, and facial structure is preserved.
One of the best things about dental implants is that they are very easy to care for. You can brush and floss dental implants just like you can regular teeth, and this is important as although they are artificial in nature, they can still become discolored and can still attract plaque which could potentially lead to dental disease.
With proper care and attention, dental implants have been shown to outlive any other type of dental restoration. Studies show that you can expect cared-for implants to be maintained upwards of 25 years.
Dental implants have been shown to have the highest success rate of any surgically implanted device, at around 98% success in suitable candidates.
To discuss the benefits of dental implants further, or to discover if you are a suitable candidate for this revolutionary procedure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced team who will delighted to schedule you an appointment at our offices.