Dental implants are currently the most advanced dental solution for people wanting to replace their missing tooth or teeth. Once placed, dental implants become a rigid part of the bone, just like the roots of teeth. Crowns or bridges can be attached to the implants afterwards to create a natural and functional appearance. There is a high degree of success (approx 98%) for years to come.
When are dental implants used?
Dental implants are an ideal solution for people who have lost one or more teeth. This may be as a result of an injury, periodontal disease or many other reasons. They are suitable for those who are in good general and oral health and have adequate bone in the jaw to support the implant.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer a number of important cosmetic and functional benefits to people with a missing tooth or teeth.
- are a long term solution.
- look, feel and function like natural teeth.
- do not move as they are anchored to the jaw, therefore, there is no discomfort or embarrassment.
- can be cleaned with your natural teeth. This differs to traditional teeth replacement options, such as dentures, which require removal and separate cleaning.
- prevent the shifting of teeth surrounding the missing tooth or teeth.
- prevent bone loss and maintain the jawbone’s shape and density.
- ensure the integrity of the facial structure and facial appearance.
- are very strong as they are made from titanium, therefore making them reliable foundations for chewing.
- do not compromise the health of surrounding teeth. Traditional options, such as bridges, require adjacent teeth to be trimmed down to have a crown placed as part of that bridge.
Those with brittle or damaged or resorbed jaw bones, advanced osteoporosis and some other medical conditions might not be eligible for dental implants.
Please call Somerville Dental Health to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists.