Many people suffer tooth loss due to gum disease, tooth decay or injury. Traditionally, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were dentures or a bridge but now there is a third option- Dental Implants.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. Implants can replace single, or a whole set of completely missing teeth, and are a real alternative to dentures for people who have a lot of missing teeth.
A dental implant is a small man-made titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth in your mouth. The implant is placed in the bone of your upper or lower jaw. Your bone then heals tightly around this implant and the implant then serves as an anchor for your replacement tooth.
Natural appearance. Dental implants look natural and feel like your own teeth.
Improved speech. Due to the permanent nature of an implant, you can be confident when speaking or singing without fear of ‘slipping’ as with traditional dentures.
Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat favourite food without discomfort.
Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
Improved oral health. Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact.
Durability. Implants are durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
Convenience. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing your dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep your dentures in place.
Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%.
In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
The first step in the dental implant process is the development of an individual treatment plan. The plan addresses your specific needs and is prepared by a team of professionals who are specially trained and experienced in oral surgery and restorative dentistry. This team approach provides coordinated care based on the implant option that is best for you.
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