If you do, you can regain your confidence with Dental Implants. Dental implants have many advantages over other teeth replacement methods, such as:
1. Assessment and Planning
2. Implant Placement
3. Integration Period
4. Fitting of Teeth
A dental implant is an artificial replacement of a tooth root and is usually made from titanium. Dental implants at present are the best substitute for missing natural teeth as they feel and look almost like natural teeth.
A dental implant can replace single or multiple missing teeth and most of the time treatment is done under a simple local anaesthetic making process painless.
Gone are the days when the only option to replace missing teeth was a denture or bridge. Dentures and bridges are not always pleasant to deal with and a bridge can be very damaging to your adjacent healthy teeth.
If you have problems with loose or uncomfortable dentures which makes you feel self-conscious, implants may be the right choice for you.
Most people find that dental implants are a comfortable and long-term solution to missing teeth, returning their confidence and enabling them to smile and laugh freely.
You can also eat any foods you like, for example crunchy apples, steak, corn on the cob, crusty bread, without the worry that comes with loose dentures. Enjoy your food again.
In general, everyone is suitable for dental implants as long as you are over 18 years of age. There is no upper age limit. Some medical conditions eg. bleeding disorders can make all surgery very difficult. As long as you have a stable medical history, are a non-smoker and are fit enough to keep your mouth open, dental implants are possible. We may need to increase the amount of bone present at the position the implant is to be placed, by using a procedure called Bone Grafting. This can usually be done when the implant is placed or occasionally before placement.
Our treatment plans will include information about your personalised maintenance needs. But just as natural teeth need regular maintenance with a hygienist and dentist – the same is true of dental implants. Most scientific studies show that the majority of implants are still functioning very well after 10-15 years, as long as they are well looked after like natural teeth. Assuming you adhere to our maintenance regime, your implants should last a long time.
Dental implants can be a definitive solution to missing teeth as long as they are well looked after by regular brushing, flossing and hygiene appointments, just like your natural teeth. This will include brushing twice a day and cleaning with floss and interdental brushes.