Dental implants are one of the most important advances in dentistry because they look and feel like natural teeth. They restore missing or damaged teeth to create a healthy and natural smile. While other options can lead to bone deterioration, problems with the teeth and gums, and may interfere with daily activities such as chewing, smiling and socialising.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is positioned into the jaw to hold a replacement crown or dental bridge in place. They are permanent, stable and are widely considered the perfect tooth replacement solution for resolving a tooth loss. Most implants are made from metallic ceramic and bone-like materials completely compatible with the body tissue. You can choose from different types of implants.
Until recently, the main option for replacing multiple teeth, other than dentures, was to replace each tooth with an individual tooth implant. This was an extremely expensive and time consuming, especially for a full bridge of teeth. The new procedure of full teeth on 4 implants offers a much more cost effective option (less than ¼ of the price) and treatment times are considerably faster too.
In recent years, the dental implant procedure has undergone major technological and procedural advancements. An implant can be placed easily and quickly, under ideal circumstances can take 15-30 minutes. With only a few drops of local anaesthetic.
Before treatment, we need to assess whether you’re in good health and suitable for an procedure. You need healthy gums and proper bone structure to ensure the implants will remain in place. If you had problems with dentures, then dental implants could be the perfect solution. However, some chronic medical problems may mean you are not suitable for an implant procedure. Take our free online quiz and discover if you are suitable for the treatment.