A dental implant is a long-term, discreet solution for replacing missing or failing teeth. Having missing teeth can impact the way you eat and speak, which can knock your confidence.
A dental implant itself is a titanium screw that is placed directly into your jawbone, replacing your missing tooth root. After it’s fitted, the bone surrounding your implant will gradually fuse to it, holding the implant firmly in place. A false tooth (a crown or denture) is then fitted to the top of the implant. The false tooth or teeth are similar in shape, size and colour to your existing teeth, meaning your implant will blend in naturally with your smile.
Dental implants are suitable for most adults who are in good health, but there are some lifestyle habits that may affect your suitability, such as if you smoke, have gum disease or have had radiotherapy around your jaw.
Before you have implant treatment, you’ll need a clinical assessment with an implant dentist to check you’re suitable. They’ll assess your mouth, take X-rays and go through a full medical history to make sure implants are the right solution for you.
Some people don’t have enough bone in their jaw to hold an implant naturally, which means you may need a supporting treatment before having an implant placed, like a bone graft or a sinus lift. If this is needed, your dentist will go through the process with you in detail and make sure you’re fully informed about the procedure.
Many people choose to have dental implants because they’re discreet and long-lasting. We know people feel self-conscious if they have missing teeth. With an implant, hopefully you can get your confidence back – whether it’s in your smile, how you eat or when you talk.
Some of the benefits include:
- Discreet: Implants are matched to the shape, shade and size of your other teeth, so they look natural and feel comfortable
- Fixed and long-lasting: Implants can last as long as your natural teeth as long as they’re cared for properly. They’re also fixed into your jawbone, so you don’t need to worry about removing them like you do with other solutions, such as dentures
- Prevents bone loss: Dental implants function like natural teeth, stimulating your jaw and preventing bone loss
- Restores function: You’ll be able to enjoy all your favourite foods which you might not be able to with missing teeth, like apples and meat. They also don’t impact your speech.
Contact us today to book in for an Implant assessment.