Dental implants are an incredibly popular treatment for replacing missing or damaged teeth. They are extremely versatile and can support a variety of treatments, for example; crowns which replace a single tooth, bridges which restore a large number of teeth and some dentures. Through extensive research, dental implants are confirmed to be safe and a natural-looking alternative to our own teeth.
Tooth implants are suitable for almost anyone! If you have lost one or more teeth and wish to regain their chewing ability or appearance, then they’re the perfect solution for you. However, as with all treatments there are some health conditions that must be met. It is incredibly important that your jawbone tissue is healthy, due to the insertion of the titanium implant to the jawbone itself. This makes the implant tremendously strong and unable to remove, however it is reliant on a healthy jawbone as a foundation. This means that patients who receive dental implants must be over 18 years old as to ensure the jawbone is fully developed. Also, it is crucial that you have a high standard of oral hygiene and no untreated tooth decay or disease. In order to ensure the health of the dental implant, there cannot be any risk of infection from the insertion. The higher the chance of good plaque control, the higher the chance of success with the dental implant.
But why should you have a dental implant? There are many key advantages to the treatment.
1. Dental implants are colour and shape matched to your existing teeth, making them look incredibly natural and subtle. This means that no one will know you’ve had the treatment unless you choose to tell them.
2. Taking care of your implants is exactly the same as when taking care of your natural teeth. Only brushing twice a day and flossing is required in order to ensure your dental implants remain healthy and their appearance is kept pristine.
3. The dental implants actual helps to preserve a good appearance for the face, as the force of you chewing is sent through to the jawbone. This stimulates the bone’s natural process of bone renewal!
4. As mentioned in the introduction, dental implants can help with other treatments. They can support dental crowns which are used to replace one tooth, bridges which will be used to restore multiple teeth and even some dentures to ensure a firm grip onto your mouth. They are incredibly versatile.
5. As with dentures, there is no awkward removable aspect. Due to the fusion with the jawbone, dental implants cannot be removed like with dentures. This means there is no lifestyle change or a new removing and cleaning routine to adapt.
6. Following on from that point, due to the non-removable aspect, there is no glue involved with securing the dental implants. Unlike dentures, where glue can be used to fix the denture to your mouth, the dental implant is fused directly to the jawbone. This means there is no glue in your mouth, which can be a big worry for many patients seeking teeth restoration.