Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a way to replace missing teeth securely. They effectively comprise of two main parts:

  • Implant – this is placed at bone level in the jaw and acts as the new root of the tooth
  • Restoration – this is fitted to the implants and will act as your new teeth. Depending on your situation the restoration used will vary e.g. crown, bridge, denture

Why Are Dental Implants Secure?

Unlike other methods of replacing missing teeth, the implant is placed at bone level within your jaw bone. The implant and bone will fuse, creating a solid foundation to hold your new teeth in place. Implants are considered the closest thing to a natural tooth.

Are Dental Implants Right For Me?

This really depends on what you want to achieve and we will take our time to understand your needs. One of the main reasons denture wearers opt to have dental implants is because even though modern dentures are more comfortable secure than they have ever been, the way they stay in place is down to how close a fit they are. The better the fit, the closer the suction that keeps them in place. But this can mean when eating your favourite foods you have to be careful that your teeth don’t slip out.

When you have lost your natural teeth we suffer from bone resorption. This means the bone structure starts to fade away. So imagine you have a perfect fitting denture one day and then overtime it starts to feel like it is slipping. This is because the denture you had made was for your mouth at that precise moment in time. So when bone resorption occurs, your mouth has effectively changed and the denture no longer fits perfectly.

One of the other benefits with dental implants is that it also promotes healthy bone growth as it stimulates the site the implant has been placed.

If you have lost teeth and would like to explore your options, please do not hesitate to call us or fill out the short form below.