What are dental implants?

Dental implants - what are they?

Dental implants are a great option for anyone who has suffered tooth loss and would prefer a more fixed solution than removable dentures. Unlike dentures, which can be taken out throughout the day, dental implants mirror more closely the behaviour of your natural teeth and are fitted into your mouth.

The treatment involves titanium screws being fitted and fused to the jawbone to support an artificial tooth. The crownSimple crown procedure utilizing a porcelain crown fused to non-precious metal and not involving complicated prep. of the tooth is then fitted on top of the new rootThe anatomic portion of the tooth that is covered by cementum and is located in the alveolus (socket) where it is attached by the periodontal apparatus; radicular portion of tooth. and creates the appearance of your natural tooth. The colour of the crown is matched with the other teeth in your mouth, meaning you do not need to be self-conscious about how the implantA device specially designed to be placed surgically within or on the mandibular or maxillary bone looks.

It is worth noting that dental implants are usually more expensive than dentures, which means if you are looking for a cost-effective option it could be worth considering dentures. Equally, if you are missing many teeth, your dentist will discuss options with you which may include multiple implants or using implants to support and retain a bridge or dentureAn artificial substitute for natural teeth and adjacent tissues.. Additionally, those with gum disease or smokers are advised against having implants until their gums have healed, as the gums will be unable to heal.

Having dental implants can be a life-changing decision and require some consideration due to the cost and the extensive nature of the procedure. However, if you have any worries, please contact your dentist, and book a consultation so that they will be able to answer any of your questions and inspect your teeth and gums.

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