Dental Implants provide a means of replacing lost or severely damaged teeth without resorting to removable dentures. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth and no one will ever know that you have replacement teeth. When teeth are missing from the jaw, the surrounding bone begins to shrink and eventually your jawbone will recede. Dental implants can prevent deterioration of the jawbone caused by loss of teeth, and your face will retain its natural shape.
Dental implants can also provide a means of stabilizing existing dentures. This can allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence. The permanence and the strength of the implant and attachment can even alleviate many of the problems that individuals may have experienced with dentures, particularly slipping and loosening in the lower jaw.
What is a Dental Implant?
A Dental Implant is a small titanium screw which is placed in the gum and acts like the root of a tooth. After integration with the jaw bone a crown will then be attached to the implant which looks and feels like a real tooth.
The placement of the Implant is often carried out in the dental chair with conventional dental anaesthetic as used for fillings so you do not feel anything during the procedure. With very few exceptions we find most patients find that this procedure was much simpler and easier than they first expected. More complex cases require sedation and specialist help with the surgical placement.