Dental implants are small titanium rods that are placed in the jawbone to hold a false tooth or dentures securely in place. Over time the jawbone will fuse with the titanium rod.
One dental implant is able to support one or more false teeth. If all teeth in the jaw were to be replaced with false teeth then five or six implants would usually be enough.
Dental implants are one of the most popular options for replacing missing teeth because:
- They function the same way your natural teeth do so you can enjoy the foods you love without the worry of your dentures falling out
- They look natural
- Dental implants can be cleaned in the same way as you would your natural teeth, unlike dentures which need to be removed
- Dental implants help to stimulate bone growth. The natural root and tooth form a unit which had been anchored by the bone underneath
- There is no damage to neighbouring teeth. Healthy teeth that are next to an empty cavity must be prepared for crowns or bridges. Quite often they have to be cut to reduce their size, this shortens their life. When fitting a dental implant only the empty cavity is dealt with.
Can anyone have Dental Implants?
Not everyone will be a good candidate for dental implants. Good oral and general health is essential. Candidates must be free of any periodontal disease. You must also have adequate bone in your jaw to support the implant. Heavy smokers and drinkers may not be suitable as this could affect the healing process. Patients who have problems with their immune systems or are having radiation treatment may not be suitable candidates.
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