Dental implants are a safe way of replacing missing teeth. These implants are placed directly into the jawbone, where they act as an artificial replacement for the root of your missing tooth or teeth.
In some instances, they can also be used to support crowns and dentures in the same way that a tooth’s root would support a natural tooth.
What are Dental Implants Made from?
Most dental implants are made from titanium. They usually also have an internal screw that is sometimes referred to as an abutment. This is then used to hold the false tooth (or false teeth) in place.
Once the implant is fitted, the bone structure that surrounds it will gradually grow. As it does, it will attach to the implant, which will then be held in place. This is a secure fastening, as the implant effectively becomes part of the jaw itself as it’s connected to the bone.
Different forms of dental implant are available. These suit different budgets, designs and positions in the mouth. When you have a consultation with your dentist, they will talk you through the options available so that you can decide which is best for you and your needs.
What Can Implants Do?
An implant can either support one or several missing teeth. This means that, should you have two teeth missing in the same place, you would not need two separate implants, as one could be used to support both new teeth.
Likewise, if you have a full or partial set of dentures, then implants can also be used to support these, too. In instances such as this, your dentist will perform a full assessment to understand how many implants are required in your circumstances.
The good news is that, once your implants are fitted, they will last just as long as your natural teeth, as they’re a permanent solution.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are suitable for most adults. However, they are not suitable for children.
Generally speaking, if you are in good physical health and have healthy gums, you are a good candidate for dental implants. However, you may find that your dentist doesn’t recommend implants if you:
Are a smoker
Have diabetes that isn’t well-controlled
Have gum disease or weak gums
Are currently receiving or have previously received radiotherapy to your jaw area.
At The Gap Dental Practice, we assess every case individually. When you meet with the dentist, you should tell them about any medical problems you have. This way, they will be able to assess whether dental implants are an option for you. If implants are not an option, we will be able to provide you with an alternative.
There are a number of solutions available if you’re looking to replace missing teeth or support your dentures and don’t believe that dental implants are right for you.
The two most popular options remain removable dentures (or false teeth) and bridges, which are fixed onto the natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
Have a chat with your dentist about all of the options available to you so that you can make an informed decision about which is best for you.
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