Dental implants are a relatively new solution for missing teeth and they can have a very significant impact on day to day life for patients who have struggled with dentures, those who have put up with missing teeth for a long time and those who struggle with their confidence and a lack of self-esteem caused by feeling that their gappy smile is unattractive.
Dental implants are a long-term solution for lost teeth and they are considered the best option because they produce levels of functionality similar to those of natural teeth.
The actual implant is a small titanium post, which is inserted into a socket, a small hole, in the jaw bone; once it is in place, it is left to heal and during this time, it integrates into the bone tissue through a process called osseointegration. Implants have been developed using titanium because it is capable of settling into the bone without damaging or irritating the surrounding gum or bone tissue.
Once the implant has healed fully, it acts as the tooth root and is attached to a crown, denture or dental bridge, which provides the replacement for the missing crown section of the tooth. As the implant is part of the bone, the level of anchorage and support for the new restoration is unparalleled.
With dental implants, the teeth work properly, you can eat anything you like, enjoy clear speech and most importantly, feel more confident and attractive when you smile!