Missing teeth can contribute to an increased risk of oral health problems, as well as affecting the look of your smile. If you have lost a tooth or a number of teeth, we have some incredible treatment options available, including dental implants. Implants have hit the headlines over the past few years and they offer an amazing solution for patients of almost any age with missing teeth.
What exactly are dental implants?
Dental implants are prosthetic roots. They are made from titanium and they look similar to small screws. The idea is that the implant takes on the role of the missing tooth. Titanium is a biocompatible material, which means that the implant can integrate into the bone tissue. This means that once the implant has settled into the jaw bone, it will offer the same level of support and stability as a healthy natural root for the new tooth.
Implants offer an array of benefits for those who have missing teeth. The enhanced stability is a bonus, especially for those who have experienced problems with dentures in the past, and implants last a lot longer than both dentures and dental bridges. Dental implants are also very versatile, as they are compatible with bridges, dentures and crowns. This means that they can be a viable option for patients who require treatment for any number of missing teeth.
What does implant treatment entail?
Implant treatment is not usually a quick-fix solution, but there are systems that can be used to achieve same-day results. Traditionally, implant treatment takes a total of 4-9 months. Once the implants have been fitted into pre-drilled sockets in the jaw bone, they are left to heal and undergo a process called osseointegration. Once this has been completed, the new tooth can be attached.
If you’re looking for a solution for missing teeth and you want t along-term treatment that will give you a stunning smile and all the benefits of healthy, strong natural teeth, call us today to find out more about dental implants.