Why a dental implant may be your best option

Latest dental implant are recognised as the best way to replace missing teeth

Put into layman's terms, a dental implant is simply an artificial root of a tooth made from titanium which is placed into the patients jaw ready for a crown to be attached on top. They can also be used to hold a fixed bridge in place as well as dentures but both of these uses are relatively minimal, with the vast majority being used for individual teeth.

What can I use a dental implant for?

Predominantly, dental implants are used to replace a single tooth. They can, of course, be used to replace many teeth but their cost prevents this from happening in most cases. For replacing a full arch of missing teeth, dental implants are more likely to be used to hold a fixed bridge into place using a procedure called all on four, which unsurprisingly, uses only 4 dental implants to hold it into place, This significantly reduces the cost of using dental implants to replace a full set of teeth.

The great thing about dental implants is that once they have been placed and have settled in, they feel entirely natural and exactly like a real tooth. Of course, unlike natural teeth, a dental implant can not decay although care should still be taken when cleaning to clean the gums to prevent infection. This could in the worse case scenario lead to the loss of the implant so it is worth taking a little time.

Unlike a traditional bridge as well, dental implants have no impact on the surrounding teeth, other than to prevent them from becoming crooked of course which is a positive benefit.

The success rate of dental implants is very high, coming in at around 97% and most of the failures are the responsibility of the patient for not following a dentist’s advice not to smoke either side of the procedure. This is especially important as smoking increases the risk of infection quite significantly.

The procedure is quite simple and will be explained fully at your initial consultation. During this too, measurements and x-rays will be taken to enable the implant to be placed in exactly the right position to ensure maximum strength.

Because it is a sophisticated procedure, it is recommended that you consult a fully qualified implant dentist and perhaps avoid the implant procedures which are offered on the cheap abroad.