What are Dental Implants?
The loss of a tooth, especially a front tooth, can be an emotionally devastating experience.
Few people realise, however, that in addition to compromised aesthetics, gaps left when teeth are lost can cause drifting and tilting of adjacent teeth, which in turn can lead to decay, gum disease, and jaw problems. Tooth loss can also cause shrinkage of the jaw bone, leading to a prematurely aged appearance.
The loss of a tooth, therefore, has both aesthetic and functional consequences. There are a number of methods by which lost teeth can be replaced, including dentures, bridges and dental implants. Dental implants are widely recognised as the optimal method of tooth replacement due to the fact that they most closely approximate the natural tooth/teeth which have been lost, and have the longest lifespan of any of the replacement options.
Dental Implants are titanium screws which can be placed into the jaw bone to replace missing tooth roots. Crowns, bridges and dentures can then be attached to the implants to replace the missing teeth.
Dental Implants are therefore a treatment option for nearly every patient who needs teeth replaced - from patients who have lost one tooth to patients with no teeth left at all.