For most people the loss of teeth is a traumatic experience which has profound effects on the quality of our lives. Dental implants function, feel and look like natural teeth and can solve the problems associated with tooth loss. Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. Implants and their attached crowns closely mimic the look and function of real teeth.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw which is (placed in the gum). A crown can then be attached to the implant which looks and feels like a real tooth. For some people where a denture is acceptable, implants can be used to anchor the denture making it much more stable and eliminating the sore gums which many denture wearers experience.
- They can make an attractive alternative to dentures and bridges.
- Implants can prevent the formation of hollowed or collapsed cheeks that can occur after tooth extraction.
- They do not require the cutting and reshaping of neighbouring healthy teeth.
- Are usually more comfortable than dentures.
- Over-Denture: An over-denture is a denture that fits on the attachment to dental implants.
- Usually do not require separate care routines or special cleaning products.
Who can benefit?
Almost anybody who has lost one or more teeth can have dental implants. Even if you have lost all of your teeth we can now have you eating like you could never have imagined. Children younger than 17 years are usually not considered suitable because their bones are still growing. Otherwise, age is generally not a restriction.
Is it safe?
There has now been over 30 years of research showing that implant treatment is safe and reliable, even in medically compromised or elderly patients.
Does it hurt?
This is the most commonly asked question about the procedure. The placement of the implant is carried out in the dental chair with conventional dental anaesthetic as used for fillings so you do not feel anything during the procedure. There may be some discomfort afterwards depending on the number of implants placed but mild pain relief tablets easily controls this.
With many few exceptions we find that most patient comment that the procedure was much easier than they expected.