A Short Guide to Dental Implants
Dental implants are a popular solution for missing teeth. Whilst looking and acting like your own teeth, they are usually made of pure titanium and fitted by placing gently and carefully into the bone.
The most common implants used today, are cylindrical or root form implants, which vary in the way they are ‘threaded’, their diameter, and their geometric design.
There are also different types of implants and it is important to ensure the right implant is used for the patient and their needs.
What are the benefits of implants?
When teeth are lost, the alveolar bone that supports it is also lost. The tooth stimulates the alveolar bone, so when the tooth is not there, the bone does not form.
In the first year after a tooth is lost, the alveolar bone decreases by 25% in height. This is why dental implants are integral; using implants which are fused to the bone means the alveolar bone is stabilised and there will be no more loss to the bone.
As well as this, when you lose a tooth, you might find it more difficult to chew food properly and resort to using other teeth to chew food when their purpose is for biting food.
One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they last a lifetime. You don’t need to maintain them any more than your natural teeth and make sure you attend regular check-ups with your dentist to ensure you have no problems with them.
Most people are eligible for dental implants but your dentist should perform a full health consultation to ensure you are safe to have them.
If you think you need dental implants, and want to talk to us about missing teeth, please contact us for more information.