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What is a Dental Implant?

A long-term solution for filling a gap. Dental Implants look and feel like real teeth. They are a substitute for your natural tooth.

The implant acts as an artificial root which is attached to your jaw bone with the help of a titanium screw (the implant). They not only look like the original tooth root but they also act as the original tooth root.

A post is connected to the implant on which a new tooth (crown) can be built.

Unlike bridges and dentures, which require special cleaning instructions and extra attention, dental implants need regular brushing, flossing and dental hygiene appointments, just like your natural teeth.

Implants can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth.

What are the benefits of Implants?

  • If you have implants no one can tell your teeth aren’t your originals.
  • They function just as well as your own natural teeth: you can eat the foods you want and speak with complete confidence.
  • Eat the foods you want with complete confidence and not having to worry about loose dentures falling out.
  • Improved oral hygiene, dental implants just need regular brushing, flossing and dental hygiene appointments, just like your natural teeth.
  • Better aesthetics – Dental implants should be indistinguishable from your surrounding natural teeth and provide a much better cosmetic and functional.
  • 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.
  • A dental implant placed in that area can actually stimulate bone growth and production, preventing loss of valuable bone structure.

What are the 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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