Are you considering a dental implant?

Dental implants are used by dentists to resemble a tooth or group of teeth so that your smile can look complete, bright and clean where teeth or groups of teeth are missing.

Dental implants support a large number of dental prostheses which include crowns,bridges or dentures. They can also be used as anchorage for orthodontic tooth movement. The use of dental implants permits unidirectional tooth movement without reciprocal action.

Typically a dental implant will consist of a screw which resembles a tooth root (normally manufactured from titanium) which is implanted directly into the jaw bone. The majority of dental implants are made from titanium.

Most dental implants used today appear similar to an actual tooth root and are placed intothe bone. Your dentist will fuse the implant with the bone in your jaw but this allows the most natural result for this procedure and also the strongest mounting for your new smile.

Dental implants will require the bone to be prepared, normally by using a precision drill to accept the implant. After some time, which will vary from patient to patient, the bone will grow onto the surface of the implant so that it becomes almost a natural part of your mouth and jaw. If you are having a crown,bridge or even dentures, these can also be placed on the implant to create a secure mounting.

There must be enough bone in the jaw for the implant to be successful and the bone has to be strong enough to hold and support the implant. There may be cases where there is not enough bone to successfully hold the dental implant and in some cases a bone graft may be required. Having a tooth or teeth missing is a cause as once you have lost the teeth, the bone begins to shrink as there is nothing there to support. Smokers and people that have not taken care of their teeth will often have this problem but there are bone diseases which can also have the same effects.

There are many considerations when thinking of this type of restorative treatment not least why the teeth that were originally there have gone missing. People that are teeth grinders (there are many people who do this, sometimes when they are asleep even), for example, are not always good candidates for this type of procedure as the movement of grinding can move against the normal directional forces of eating, for example, and can start to damage the implant.

There are, however, many reasons why you would want this type of dental treatment, not least the way it makes you feel. I’m sure that you have seen people that wear dentures and how ‘caved in’ their face can appear. This is because your teeth provide a structure for your face and a full set of teeth can in fact make you look younger which in turn can boost your confidence.

Having a great smile can make you feel better about yourself and if looked after correctly by regular visits to the dentist, brushing correctly and flossing, you can expect your new teeth to last many many years.

Are there failures?

Yes sometimes, although rare, but there can be an infection in the bone, the bone itself was poorly prepared or the wrong type of implant was used. Its also possible that some time after the treatment problems may occur. This can often be put down to the change in the bite of the wearer or a lack of dental hygiene.

Like any medical procedure, there can be problems but don’t let these put you off. A new smile can increase your confidence, make you look younger around the face and best of all provide you with new teeth to last for many years.

Whether you are needing a single tooth or many, you cant beat a new smile from a mouthful of nice looking teeth.

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