Traditionally, dentures and bridges have been the only options for replacing missing teeth. A dental implant is an artificial replacement for a tooth root, usually made from titanium. They are suitable for most adults with good general health and are a more permanent solution to replacing missing teeth.
Gaps in your teeth or missing teeth not only affect your confidence but also affect your ability to chew and enjoy your food.
Natural teeth can be missing for a variety of reasons such as tooth decay, injury or gum disease. A dental implant is designed to replace a missing tooth.
A titanium post is carefully placed into the jaw to mimic the function of a tooth root. Once the post has fused (integrated) with your bone, a crown is fitted within the titanium post, replicating the appearance and chewing functions of your missing natural tooth.
Multiple missing teeth or large gaps can now be replaced using dental bridges that are supported by several dental implants.
More than one missing tooth can lead to a large gap in your mouth resulting in difficulty eating, speaking and affecting the appearance of your smile.
Multiple dental implants can be placed to restore the gap. These can be as a combination of single implants and cosmetic crowns or a cosmetic bridge connecting implants together. The number of dental implants required depends on a number of factors. We will discuss all options with you at your consultation.
Dental Implant secured dentures are sometimes called overdentures. As implant-supported full bridges and dentures will replace some of your tooth roots, the bone is better preserved. With conventional dentures, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth roots begins to deteriorate and shrink away. Dental Implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.
A lower denture may only need two conventional implants to give a completely life-changing transformation to your ability to chew foods and smile with renewed confidence. This treatment requires minimal surgery, and, in many cases, your current denture can be attached to the Dental Implants in just a few weeks.
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