When teeth are lost, whatever the cause, you’ll benefit greatly from their replacement, mainly to help chewing and improve appearance. Nowadays, the best option is dental implants.
A dental implant is an artificial, substitute tooth root made from titanium, which is placed into the space your previous root occupied. A natural, tooth-coloured crown is then placed over the dental implant.
The greatest benefit with dental implants is that they feel comfortable, natural and secure – you’ll find you can eat anything you want. Implants also prevent the jaws from shrinking, which helps you maintain a younger looking face.
The wonder of a dental implant is that the bone surrounding them fuses to the implant, becoming one solid unit. After the implant and bone are completely fused, we can build fixed teeth onto them, and the end result is a tooth that is solid, fixed and looks just like a natural tooth.
Sometimes, we can use several implants to rebuild large spaces or even to provide a completely new set of teeth.
Happily, implants don’t suffer from tooth decay or gum disease as teeth do. However, it’s really important to keep your gums healthy around the implants, and even more important to manage how biting forces work on implants. It is for this reason that implants are provided by dentists with further training.