Missing teeth can severely undermine self-confidence and quality of life. Use of dentures for replacement of missing teeth can lead to ‘denture sores’ and unstable dentures can be a real source of social embarrassment and can become so overwhelming as to precipitate the avoidance of social contact and can even lead to varying levels of depression. Implants are becoming increasingly popular to address these problems.
Dental implants offer superb permanent solutions:
- To replace single missing teeth
- To replace multiple missing teeth
- To help retain a denture
- To replace the need for a denture
- To restore lip support, minimizing wrinkles and maintain a facial profile
- In maintaining the integrity of facial structures by preventing bone loss
- In providing long term aesthetics and radiant confident smiles
A dental implant is an artificial root made from titanium which is placed in the jaw bone to which a crown (single tooth) or bridge (multiple teeth) can be attached. Implants are made from titanium, a material well tolerated by the bone and which over time will integrate with the bone tissue. Dental implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth.
Implants are normally placed into the sockets left by extracted teeth. Surgery is necessary to prepare for the placement of dental implants. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the dental implant(s) to take hold and for the bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. Finally, a crown, bridge or denture is fixed to the implant. The placement of the implant will preserve and strengthen bone as gaps left unrestored in the mouth will lead to natural bone loss. Denture born gaps or gaps left unrestored for a subsequent period of time will evidently reduce bone height.