Understanding Dental Implants
Understanding Dental Implants.
Generally speaking, anyone who has a missing tooth may be a candidate for dental implants. But, as with any medical procedure it’s important to do your research and consult with your dentist to make sure the process is right for you.
For many people, dental implants are the next best thing to real, healthy teeth and allow patients to get on with their lives without the worry of losing their dentures, living in discomfort or having the embarrassment of a gap in their smile.
If you’re considering dental implants then this information is designed to help you have an informed conversation with your dentist and to put your mind at ease.
What are Dental Implants?
Implants are artificial high-tech tooth roots made out of titanium that fully integrate into the jawbone. They perform like natural teeth and feel as if they are a part of you. Dental implants make a stable foundation to replace a single or many missing teeth, and can be designed to form single-tooth crowns, larger bridges or implant supported dentures.
When are Dental Implants Considered?
People lose teeth all the time, either through trauma when teeth are knocked out or due to decay, gum disease or old age. Whatever the reason for losing your teeth they need to be replaced both for aesthetic and functional reasons. Dental implants are now becoming the preferred option to replace missing teeth as they provide a longer-term solution, slow down bone loss and preserve nearby healthy tooth tissue. Dental implants are also commonly used to securely fix a denture in place, avoiding embarrassing denture slippage or denture fixatives.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Most of all, implants can offer a “second set of teeth” without damaging healthy neighbouring ones. They improve your appearance and speech, allow you to eat naturally, smile as much as you want, and help you regain your self-esteem. An implant offers a secure solution for every age and every situation; permanent, strong and as individual as you yourself. Other benefits are:
- They help retain your natural face shape
- Help protect your Jawbone from bone loss
- Allow you to bite naturally (as denture wearers know certain foods are often tricky or off limits!)
- Give the appearance of Cavity free teeth
- Built to last long term, with proper care they can last a life time unlike bridgework.
Do Dental Implants require specialist training?
Obviously, the better trained a dentist is, the higher results they can deliver. Stefano has undertaken a 3 year Clinical Masters Course (MSc) with Warwick University in the field of dental implantology and provides all stages of the treatment in-house. Unlike some other practices where one dentist places the implants and another restores them, making it more difficult to establish accountability, Stefano carries out all the treatment himself and guarantees it. To learn more about Stefano, Dental Implants and to hear patients’ describe their implant journey take a look at our video below.