What is a Dental Implant?
Missing teeth can compromise your health, eating habits, speech, and appearances. Replacing missing teeth maintains the integrity of your facial structure and reduces the risk that the bone surrounding the previous tooth root will deteriorate or melt away.
The preferred method of tooth replacement is a dental implant. Dental implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth.
A dental implant is a small metal screw which is placed in the upper or lower jaw where natural teeth have been lost. They function like a natural tooth root.
Implants are made from titanium. This is because the living bone will bond permanently to titanium and your system will not reject your implant like other foreign bodies.
Implants can be used to:
Replace a single tooth
Support a bridge to replace several missing teeth
Support a bridge when all teeth are missing
Provide secure fixation for a removable denture
Benefits and Risks of Dental Implants
The greatest benefit of implants is that they look and feel like natural teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement procedures, implants will allow you to eat, talk and laugh with confidence.
Healthy teeth are not destroyed or ground down
Implants do not require clasps secured to healthy teeth
Can be used regardless of the quantity and structure of remaining teeth
Confidence in knowing your denture is secure
Improved speech and denture comfort
Improved biting pressure which also improves diet, overall health and allows you to eat any food with confidence
No need for denture adhesive
There are very few risks associated with implants. Generally, any complication is rare and correctable. However, implants do require oral surgery and so there is a risk of infection or complications arising from medication. In addition, there is the possibility of damage to nearby muscles, nerves or sinus cavity.
Before deciding on any oral surgery, discuss the risks with your specific condition with your doctor.