Dental implants are fast becoming the number one treatment to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A titanium screw is placed into the jaw bone and this is then used to support either a crown, bridge or denture depending on the number of teeth to be replaced.
1. Dental implants restore teeth so they look, feel, fit and function like a natural tooth – Bridges and dentures can lead to bone deterioration, and may interfere with eating, smiling, speaking and other activities of everyday life. Teeth restored with dental implants blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, so you can forget about them. Brush, floss and care for teeth that have been replaced using dental implants exactly the way you would natural teeth.
2. Dental implants help to retain your natural face shape and smile – When you lose teeth it can cause your face to become sunken, ageing you prematurely. Dental implants allow you to maintain the natural shape of your face and smile, helping to keep your teeth where they belong, in your mouth.
3. Dental implants help to protect your jaw bone – When it is not being used to support a natural tooth, the jawbone deteriorates, losing its strength and firmness. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that helps to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
4. Dental implants allow you to eat a full and varied diet – You can bite naturally, eat virtually anything you want and, unlike removable dentures that can feel uncomfortable, you can experience the full taste of the food you eat with dental implants, too.
5. Protect your healthy teeth – Placing a bridge requires removing parts of the teeth on one or both sides of the missing tooth or teeth – thereby damaging healthy teeth to restore those that are missing. The modified healthy teeth are attached to, and support, the bridge. Dental implants go in the jawbone, in the spot where your missing tooth root was, without impacting healthy teeth.