Whether you need to replace a single tooth or many teeth, dental implants can provide a permanent solution that will let you smile, laugh and enjoy your favourite foods with confidence.
When you have missing teeth it is important to replace them even though you can still chew your food and you are not worried about how it affects your smile. The adjacent teeth are likely to move and create other problems in the future. Teeth are under constant pressure to move, so when a tooth is removed the tooth that used to bite against it and the one behind it will start to drift into its position. This can destabilise your bite.
Implants are a great way to replace teeth. Think of your missing tooth as having two parts: the root under the gum and the crown that you used to smile with and chew. The implant is a metal rod that is placed in the bone to act as a root. It is made of titanium and you cannot break it, titanium is unique in that your bone cells will happily grow right onto the surface and fix the implant rigidly in place. After the implant is placed, a porcelain crown is then attached to replace the missing tooth. You now have an entirely new tooth made of titanium and porcelain. When done correctly, you cannot tell it is not your natural tooth.
Implants can provide a permanent and aesthetic alternative to bridgework or dentures. In most cases, it is impossible to distinguish an implant-supported tooth from a natural tooth. Dental implants:
The key to success is in the planning, before any treatment is carried out your dentist and the experienced surgeon who will place the implant fully assess the relevant factors and meet with you to discuss the process. Once the plan is set you will be scheduled for implant placement. In some cases a tooth can be immediately placed on the implant, however there will be a healing period of several months before the permanent porcelain crown is placed.
Most implants should last a lifetime. Over the past 30 years, thousands of people have had implants which remain in place and still function like natural teeth.