How do dental implants work?

How do dental implants work?

What are dental implants?

Dental implants work by replacing your natural teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed where the missing tooth used to be. They are made of solid, sterile titanium which is inserted into the jaw to replace the roots of natural teeth. On the top of these implants can be placed various crown or bridgework dependent on the case.

Implants will work by replace missing teeth without affecting bordering teeth and can provide support for a bridge or denture. Implants will allow you to eat and speak with confidence.

Can implants work to replace all my teeth?

If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots. Dental implants provide several advantages over other tooth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighbouring teeth.

How does a dental implant work with the jaw bone?

Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, it works inside the jaw bone so that your bone is better preserved. With a bridge, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth begins to reabsorb (deteriorate).  In the long term this will change your facial features and smile.

Dental implants have the highest success rate of all dental procedures. Over a fifteen year period success rates of up to 98% have been achieved. This is far higher than conventional crown and bridge work where valuable tooth substance has to ground down . Nowadays the treatment of choice for patients who have full dentures is a implant retained denture.

Popular implant questions

The best candidates for dental implants are free from periodontal diseases and have an adequate amount of bone in the jaw to support the implant. We will be happy to discuss your options and offer free consultations with our implant coordinator.  If you are ready to begin treatment and have no concerns about your oral health then please book an appointment with a dentist.

Overall health and a desire to improve the quality of life are much more important considerations than age. Back in the 1950’s implant supported replacement teeth were originally designed as a solution for older patients, many patients well into their 90’s have had dental implant treatment without a single problem. In fact the oldest patient in whom we have placed implants is 93 and the youngest is 17!
Definitely. Most patients present with adequate amounts of bone for dental implants, in some instances, however, more bone is needed before implants can be placed. There are procedures to graft and regenerate the amount of bone needed for dental implants. Once sufficient amounts of new bone have been regenerated, enough dentalimplants can be placed to support a new dental prosthesis. (see Bone Augmentation and Sinus Grafting)
There is a small possibility that the implant and bone will not attach correctly or that an implant will fail after some period of time. If this happens, the implant can be removed and often replaced by another implant. The first implants were put in place 30 years ago and are still functioning. To date, there is no time limit on the life expectancy of successful implants.
Depending upon your condition, your new tooth or teeth will ideally look, feel and function like your own. Dentalimplants currently provide some of the finest restorative results in dentistry. Yes. Studies have shown that chewing efficiency improves significantly after treatment with implants.
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Feb 1, 2014 10:34

I pretty sure I have periodontal disease, my bottom teeth at the front four of them have receded really bad and are becoming loose, I am 22 and have not been a dentist for a good while because I suffer from agoraphobia the dentist, I have been searching websites for months now because I am trying to get my life back on track but my teeth is the only thing holding me back now, can someone with bad periodontal disease have implants or am I stuck with a denture

Aug 16, 2012 00:10

i am missing 1 front tooth and 3 upper molars on the right and 2 on the left through peridontal disease i also smoke which i am trying to give up. i have gaps in my teeth bottom front and top where the gum has receded coul i have dental implants