What is a Dental Implant ?

Benefits of Implants

If you have implants no one can tell your teeth aren't your originals. Implants are attached to your jaw bone with the help of a titanium screw. They not only look like the original tooth but they also act as the original tooth root.

  • Reduced bone loss
  • Improved function
  • Improved dental hygiene
  • No need to drill or remove any healthy tooth structure
  • Better aesthetics

What exactly is a dental implant?

  • Reduce Bone Loss:

    Normally, the bone tissue surrounding the root of your tooth is maintained by your body's natural renewal process. However, if you loose a tooth, you will be left with a hole where your tooth root used to be and the bone around this area will slowly begin to disappear (atrophy) which may change the shape of your jaw. A dental implant placed in that area can actually stimulate bone growth and production, preventing loss of valuable bone structure. In some patients where bone loss is substantial, a bone graft may be required before placing a dental implant. Bone loss is a problem for people who have dentures, and as the shape of the jaw slowly changes, the dentures need to be adjusted or re-made to fit the new shape of the jaw. Bone loss can also make a person look older, since the area around the mouth can sag as bone is lost.

  • Much Easier to Eat:

    Once dental implants are fully integrated into your jaw, they function just as well as your own natural teeth: you can eat the foods you want and speak with complete confidence. With dentures, eating hard foods such as an apple can be a problem: either the dentures come loose or patients cannot withstand the hard biting forces as they cause pain in the gums. Irritation and inflammation of the gums is a common problem amongst denture patients. Dentures can be supported by implants or mini-implants, which will greatly improve function, enabling patients to eat the foods they want with complete confidence and not having to worry about bone loss and loose dentures falling out.

  • Much Improved Oral Hygiene:

    Unlike bridges and dentures, (which require special cleaning instructions and extra attention), dental implants just need regular brushing, flossing and dental hygiene appointments, just like your natural teeth. To read more about how to care for your implants, read the Curaprox brochure here

  • No Need to Remove any Healthy Teeth:

    When replacing missing teeth with dental bridges, the teeth adjacent to the gap need to be prepared and healthy tooth structure is removed to accommodate a crown or bridge abutment to fit over the top of the tooth. In the future, if one of the supporting teeth is damaged, the entire bridge restoration will also be compromised, whereas with an implant, the restoration is independent of any of your other teeth. By replacing lost teeth with an implant, no support is required of the adjacent teeth, and your natural teeth do not need to be prepared or altered in any way.

  • Better Aesthetics:

    If done correctly, a dental implant should be indistinguishable from your surrounding natural teeth. Dentures can come loose and look unnatural if they do not blend with your gums, and some bridges and dentures have unsightly metal clasps to hold them in place. Dental implants provide a much better cosmetic and functional end result.

  • Risks of dental implants:

    On occasion implants can fail, the risk of failure is approximately 1%-5% depending on specific circumstances. At Horbury Dental Care we have a low failure rate of 2%. If an implant fails it can generally be replaced, occasionally additional procedures may be required. There is also a risk of accidental damage to adjacent anatomic structures such as teeth, though with accurate planning this should be avoidable. There is a low risk of failure of implants after the first years in function as long as your health, both general and around the implant is maintained and no excessive forces are exerted. Excessive forces may result in some of the component parts fracturing. Implants and teeth are subject to wear and tear as time goes on and depending upon the amount of wear, the need to replace the crown may arise. There is a risk of gum recession around the implant and though this may not affect its survival, it may require treatment for aesthetic reasons.

     

 

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