Bridges or dentures need not be your only options when replacing missing teeth.
Dental Implants are a modern, conservative way to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth. The big advantage of a single tooth implant compared with a bridge is that it can replace the tooth without interfering with teeth on either side, unlike a bridge. Bridge teeth are joined together and floss cannot be passed in between like natural teeth or implant crowns. Dental implants provide a longer lasting, more natural feeling alternative to dentures. They can also be used to provide greater retention and security for dentures. In some circumstances it is possible to place an implant and a crown in the same visit, allowing you to leave our clinic with a replacement tooth after only one visit.
For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums, dental implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges, or the complete dentition through fixed bridges or over-dentures. Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes. Other benefits include:
- Improved biting pressure. Dental implants can often restore the amount of pressure that can be withstood to nearly the same level of healthy natural teeth.
- Comfort and fit. Dental implants eliminate the problems that can occur with dentures – slipping and sliding, mouth sores, clicking sounds.
- Longevity and reliability. Dental implant systems have been shown to last for many years with proper hygiene and care.
- Increased self-confidence. Most people who get dental implants feel they can chew again, talk, laugh and smile with confidence.
Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by one of our team will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. Should you have inadequate bone for implant placement, there are many procedures available to replace the missing bone before the implant surgery. Once again, the oral surgeon will explain all options open to you so that you could make an informed choice. Dental implants require a time commitment and a dedicated oral hygiene routine – brushing, flossing, regular dental visits – to make a difference in your overall satisfaction and the longevity of the implant itself. Implants also require a greater financial investment than that of a bridge or denture, however for most the end results make dental implants worth the investment. Please Note: Although dental implant treatment continues to receive a lot of media coverage, it is not always the most suitable or cost effective way to deal with each case. Our dentists are able to advise on and offer a variety of viable treatment options for any case. In this way the most suitable treatment option can be discussed and you can be advised in a non-biased way.