Dental implants can give back patients their confident smile. The benefits are improved aesthetics, the ability to eat comfortably and a clean, healthy oral environment for the patient.
Implants are anchored in the jawbone and replacement teeth are permanently secured upon them. In areas where natural teeth are lost due to decay or trauma and when a tooth cannot be saved but has to be extracted, the gap can be replaced with a titanium implant which is surgically placed inside the jawbone on the ridge in the area of the missing/extracted tooth.
The implant then heals and Osseo-integrates to the adjacent bone. This serves as the root of the tooth.
After 3-6 months the implants in the bone is uncovered and the superstructure or the tooth that remains above the gum is placed.
ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
- A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighbouring teeth.
- The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth, a tooth-supported fixed bridge, requires that adjacent teeth be ground down to support the cemented bridge.
- Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, the bone is better preserved. With a bridge, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth begins to resorb (deteriorate).
- Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.
- In the long term, a single implant can be more aesthetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge. Gums can recede around a bridge, leaving a visible defect when the metal base or collar of the bridge becomes exposed. Resorbed bone beneath the bridge can lead to an unattractive smile.
- The cement holding the bridge in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay the teeth that anchor the bridge.