Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, and consist of a small titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone in the space left by missing teeth. Titanium is used because this material is highly compatible with bone, and once it's inserted into your jawbone healthy new bone cells are encouraged to grow around the post, helping to keep it firmly in place, a process that is called osseointegration.
The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile. Dental implants are very strong, stable and durable and will last for many years.
The benefits of choosing dental implants to replace missing teeth include:
Dental implants help to preserve bone. Whenever you bite down or chew on food, these biting forces are transmitted through your tooth, into the tooth roots and into the surrounding jawbone. This stimulation helps keep the jawbone healthy and strong, but if you have a tooth extracted then your jawbone loses this stimulation leading to atrophy. Having a missing tooth replaced with a dental implant means that everytime you bite down on the implant these forces are transmitted into the jawbone once more, helping to provide the stimulation it needs to stay healthy.
Replacing missing teeth helps to support the face. Your teeth are not only useful for talking and eating, but also play a major role in supporting your facial structures. Without teeth your face can become almost hollow in appearance and can collapse in on itself. Teeth are essential for maintaining the correct height in your jaw, and also for supporting your cheeks and lips, creating a more youthful appearance.
Dental implants allow you to eat a wider choice of foods. If you've put up with missing or loose dentures for years then you've probably become used to avoiding certain foods. Dental implants can greatly increase the number of foods you can comfortably eat, improving health and nutrition. Being able to eat comfortably also makes it easier to deal with social situations that involve food.
Dental implants can restore self-confidence. Having dental implants can help you get the most out of life. Your dental implants will hold your replacement teeth firmly in position, so there's no need to worry when in social situations.
Dental implants help preserve remaining teeth. If you choose to have a bridge or a partial denture, the chances are that you will need some healthy tooth structure removed from adjacent teeth. In the case of bridges, the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap will need to be prepared for dental crowns, something that means cutting away much of the tooth structure. If you choose to have a partial denture then it's likely some teeth will need to be modified to fit the metal clasps that hold the denture in place.
Dental implants prevent remaining teeth from moving. Whenever you lose a tooth it leaves a gap in your jaw, and the danger is that other teeth will begin moving into this gap, creating problems with your bite, and quite possibly unsightly gaps. The teeth opposing the gap may also drift towards the empty space as they won’t meet any resistance whenever you bite down.
Dental implants are the most advanced way of replacing missing teeth, and provide a long-lasting solution to a situation that most people find upsetting.
Who is a Candidate?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.
Why chose us?
Dr Alex Devellerez has travelled extensively to receive advanced training in surgical implant placement and restoration. He also performs treatment under IV sedation if necessary to ensure anxiety free treatment.
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