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What are Dental Implants?

There is a lot of information to be considered regarding dental implants. They are seen as an increasingly popular option for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. They can restore both the function and appearance of the tooth. Therefore, many patients find them to be an ideal solution. But are they right for you?

What are dental implants and how do they work?

A dental implant, put simply, acts as an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into your jawbone on to which a replacement tooth or bridge can be attached.

They are consist of a titanium ‘screw’, which is implanted into the jawbone and then left to fuse and heal with the natural bone. This healing process usually takes around 3-6 months. The implants make a very secure base and act as a natural tooth root would. Once your dentist is happy that the implant has fully fused with the bone, a crown or bridge can be fitted on top.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental implants?

Advantages

  • They function just like real teeth
  • They can improve a person’s appearance and boost their confidence
  • They can improve chewing difficulties
  • They are very predictable and safe (>95% success rate)
  • You do not need to remove them (unlike dentures)
  • They can stop other nearby teeth from moving position
  • They don’t affect your remaining teeth (i.e. no drilling of adjacent teeth which is sometimes required for dental bridges)
  • They can fill gaps which are attracting bacteria due to trapped food

Disadvantages

  • Implants can be more expensive than other methods used to close gaps (e.g. removable dentures)
  • Placement of the implants involves a surgical procedure
  • The whole process can take up to 6 months

Please contact us today and arrange a free initial consultation if you would like to discuss dental implants in more detail and discover whether they would be a good option for you.