Dental implants are widely acknowledged by dentists to be the number one clinical solution for missing teeth. Pioneered in the 1970’s, implants have revolutionised the practice of dentistry in recent years and are used extensively in dental clinics throughout the world.
If you have any teeth missing, you would want your replacement teeth to look and feel as natural as possible. A dental implant is a small fixture, made from titanium, which is carefully inserted into the jaw. Implants then become anchored in the mouth replacing the root and providing secure support for a tooth, that will be made to blend naturally with your own teeth. Implants have proven to be very predictable and safe. They can be cheaper and more comfortable than alternative treatments. They can be used throughout the whole mouth.
What Are Dental Implants Attached To?
Crowns, bridges or dentures can be supported on implants and can therefore be used to replace a single missing tooth, several teeth or a full set.
Jaw bone will start to shrink when teeth are extracted or lost. Dental implants have been proven to preserve and maintain the bone shape, which helps to retain the gums and facial profile.
It is possible to replace an extracted tooth with an implant and porcelain crown during the same visit, however, this depends on each individual case assessment and would be discussed with you. Dental implant treatment can take a day, or several months to complete, depending on the complexity of your individual needs. This will only become apparent after a comprehensive assessment.