Implants are one way of replacing missing teeth
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a way of replacing missing teeth. They are a small metal or ceramic screw fitting which is inserted into the jaw during surgery. Teeth, in the form of a crown, bridge or denture, are then attached to the implant.
Implants can be used in place of natural teeth to retain bridges or dentures, for example when adjacent teeth may not be strong enough to support a bridge or if patients have spaced teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Some people have real difficulties with removable dentures. Implants can overcome these difficulties, in particular for eating and speaking properly. They may also improve the appearance of your teeth. If a denture is necessary, implants can greatly improve stability. People will not be able to see that your teeth are supported by implants.
Are dental implants for me?
Our team can discuss whether implants would be right for you, and explain any associated risks.
You will need to have healthy gums, and enough jawbone to take the implant that supports the replacement teeth, although techniques are available to add additional bone if needed.
Implant patients need to be in good general health. Some chronic diseases, such as diabetes, osteoporosis or chronic sinus problems, could interfere with healing and make implants more likely to fail. Make sure that you tell your dentist about any medicines that you take regularly, and about your smoking habits. Smoking may well shorten the life of your implant.
Implants involve surgery over a period of several months. Since they are a complicated form of treatment, implants can be expensive. You must also be prepared to maintain good mouth hygiene and visit the dentist regularly.
How is a dental implant fitted?
Your dentist will tell you about the stages of treatment, who would be carrying out each stage and the timetable for completing treatment. You might be referred to a specialist.
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