Why have dental implants?
Dental implants are widely accepted as the clinical gold standard solution to replace missing teeth or failing teeth that need extraction. Dental implants provide many benefits over the traditional tooth replacement options such as dentures and dental bridges.
- Look and behave as natural teeth – you can enjoy life again!Dental implants restore teeth so they look, feel, fit and function like natural teeth. Dentures are routinely unstable, unreliable, ill-fitting or uncomfortable. They can also interfere with eating, smiling and speaking. With strong and stable dental implants, patients can eat normally again without any hesitation – some patients even see an improvement in their overall health once they are able to eat a greater range of foods again. Patients can also smile without feeling embarrassed or self-conscious.
- Permanently fixed in placeWith dental implants there is no need for adhesives, and no more fear that your dentures might loosen, slip or fall out. Dental implants are fixed in place and fuse naturally with your jawbone, meaning your replacement teeth will not move.
- Retain your natural face shapeA face without teeth can sag and appear sunken over time. Dental implants provide firm support of the facial structure, allowing you to maintain the natural shape of your face and smile.
- Protect healthy boneWhen teeth are missing and the jawbone is not being used to support a natural tooth, bone loss can occur as the jawbone deteriorates. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that stimulate the natural bone and prevent bone loss.
- Protect your healthy teethInstead of causing additional wear and tear on adjacent teeth, dental implants transfer biting and chewing pressure directly to the bone like natural teeth and so prevent accelerated tooth loss.
- A long-term investmentDental implants are built to last and, with proper care and minimal maintenance, they can potentially last a lifetime. In contrast, dentures require frequent relining or replacement.
So what are dental implants?
Dental implants are essentially screws made from medical-grade titanium, which make artificial tooth roots. They are placed into the bone and form a strong, lasting bond with the natural bone over a period of several months. These implants become the sub-structure for the new artificial fixed teeth, which are fitted on top. With natural teeth, each tooth has its own root. However it is not necessary to place a dental implant for every missing tooth. For example, a full jaw of teeth only needs 4 to 6 implants, depending on the individual patient.
If you have lost a single tooth due to an accident, periodontal disease or failed root canal treatment, your dentist may be able to replace the tooth using a dental implant. Your new tooth will look and function just like your other natural teeth.
If you are missing several teeth but still have healthy gums and surrounding teeth, a multiple implant may be the best solution for you. Implants are placed and multiple crowns/bridges attached to them, leaving the other natural teeth intact. The multiple implant procedure is not for everyone, and even if a patient is only missing a few teeth, it may be clinically preferable to perform a full jaw implant procedure.
Full jaw dental implants are a total tooth replacement solution for patients who have dentures, missing teeth or failing teeth that need extraction.