Dental implants are artificial teeth that are screwed into your jaw; permanent teeth that do the job of your lost teeth. Dental implants are titanium ‘roots’ which, when placed in the upper or lower jaw, bond with the bone, thus acting as anchors for the replacement teeth (implant crowns and bridges).
Dental implants are designed to fill in a gap left by a missing or extracted tooth. This is the latest procedure to replace a missing tooth or teeth without disturbing the teeth next to the space. It is also a widely accepted method to stabilize dentures that do not sit very well and are difficult to adjust to. Dental implants also have restorative benefits as they provide stability and function to an otherwise compromised smile.
The best candidates for dental implants are those who have a healthy mouth with no gum disease and good oral hygiene. However, there needs to be enough jaw bone to anchor an implant securely.
What is the Dental Implant Procedure Like?
While the procedure for a dental implant can change to suit the type of dental implant, the number of replacement teeth required and the health of your mouth, in general it will involve the following steps:
Removal of the damaged tooth by tooth extraction surgery or, in the instance of no tooth, the gum is surgically cut open to allow the bone to be drilled for the implant.
The implant is fitted into the jawbone and covered while the bone fuses to the implant (osseo integration).
Several months later, following osseointegration, a second operation may be required to uncover the top of the implant and the crown or bridge is fitted.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- They restore proper chewing and the full strength of your bite.
- In conjunction with your tooth-coloured implants, our natural-looking prosthetics will blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
- Restoring the natural appearance and function of your mouth.
- Dental implants prevent the side effects of tooth loss – namely, gum recession, bone loss, and speech difficulties.
- According to findings, dental implants enjoy a success rate of between 90-98%. That statistic shows a very high rate of success for achieving positive results from your implant treatment.
- Research has shown that properly maintained dental implants can last for more than 35 years. In fact, if you take good care of your dental implants – with proper oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist – it is possible that they might even last a lifetime.
- With new fixed and permanent teeth, you might regain your self-esteem and confidence that may have been lacking with loose dentures or poor dental health.
- Tooth implant on the other hand, bond to your jawbone providing a stand-alone support without relying on or sacrificing the quality of adjacent teeth.