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.