If you are suffering from missing teeth, then dental implants are the solution for you. Dental implants are a piece of metal we place into your jaw where the missing tooth’s roots were. This procedure is essential when replacing highly damaged teeth that are visible when you open your mouth.
After we complete the procedure, the bone grows around the implant, helping to anchor it. We then can attach a crown or an artificial tooth to the metal to fill the gap.
What Are the Advantages of an Implant?
Having a missing tooth, especially one that is visible when you open your mouth, can significantly impact your confidence. Many people shy away from smiling when they have a visible missing tooth, and some try to constantly cover their mouths with their hands.
The main advantage of dental implants is that we restore your smile so that you can show your teeth as much as you want. This procedure is highly effective in filling teeth gaps and improve the look of your smile. An implant will look like your real teeth, and most people will not be able to notice the difference between an implant and your natural teeth.
There are other options you can choose to do, such as a bridge or dentures. Dental implants are for individuals who want natural-looking and long-lasting teeth. Implants allow you to eat, drink, and talk the way you would with natural teeth.
It is also possible to do implants if all of your teeth are missing or you have a full set of dentures. You can restore your beautiful smile and have a full arch of natural-looking teeth by doing implants. They will feel comfortable, and you will not have to remove them daily to clean them.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
The first step of the process requires our professionals to take scans of your teeth to determine the positioning of your implant and also to make sure that your bone structure is healthy. A bone graft may be required to make the implants work if your bone is missing or diseased.
Once we surgically put a titanium implant in the bone of your jaw where the tooth used to be located, we let the bone grow around the implant for the next two to six months. You can request that we fit a temporary crown for you to wear while you wait.
When we see that the implant is fused to the bone, we remove the temporary crown and screw a permanent one in.
Multiple appointments may be necessary during the replacement procedure because your bones need time to heal and complete the fusing process.
Is This the Right Option for Me?
Dental implants are not for everybody. You will need sufficient bone to support the implant and space in your jaw. People with certain habits, such as clenching or grinding teeth, may not be suitable candidates for dental implants, as they put too much pressure on the implants, resulting in long-term damage. To optimise the chances of successful integration, we will need to ensure that you do not have any gum disease or decay.
What Is the Success Rate?
Most dental implant operations are effective, with a success rate of over 90%. In most cases, the only reason implants are not effective is due to improper integration with the jaw bone. Our professional dentists carry out the procedure carefully to ensure that you optimise the chances of having a successful implant.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
It depends on several factors. From a clinical perspective, your dental implants are long-lasting after they are fully integrated with your jaw bone. Their longevity also depends on how you maintain them. To ensure they last as long as possible, you should avoid smoking and look after your health.
Maintaining good oral hygiene and a diet will help increase your implants’ lifespan.
What Do I Do Next?
If you are considering dental implants, the next thing you should do is get in touch with us so that we can provide you with an examination and consultation. At the consultation, we can also answer any other questions that you may have. If dental implants are not for you, we may offer an alternative that is most suitable for your case.