Dental Implants are a solution to the problem of missing teeth. Having teeth missing can make us feel self conscious about how we look, and also cause us problems in everyday life, such as when eating or speaking.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium screw used to replace one or more missing teeth. This screw is placed into the jaw bone and a porcelain restoration is attached to recreate the absent tooth/teeth.
How long do Dental Implants last?
Clinical studies show with appropriate oral care at home, dental implants can last up to 30 years. However, smoking, certain medical conditions and poor oral hygiene can affect this.
Single Tooth Replacement: Immediately (at the same time an implant is placed) or after a period of healing, an abutment is attached to the implant. It will hold a custom-made crown that the dental laboratory will fabricate and match to your existing teeth. The custom crown is cemented or screwed onto the abutment to permanently keep it in place. Once the crown is in place, it should be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Fixed Multiple Tooth Replacement: When replacing multiple missing teeth it is not necessary to replace each tooth with an implant. The implants are positioned to allow for bridgework to be fitted. These bridges are fabricated by the dental laboratory to match you existing teeth.
Removable Implant-Supported Tooth Replacement: If all your teeth are missing, 2-6 implants may be used to support a denture. This denture clips on to abutments which are attached to the implants helping to keep it in place. This is a solution for those who find that their dentures are unstable on the lower arch or dislike the full palatal coverage on the upper arch.