Are you missing one or more teeth? Or do you have difficulty eating certain foods or speaking clearly due to tooth loss? Do you suffer from the discomfort of ill-fitting dentures? If so dental implants might be the solution for you. Dental implants are the gold standard for replacing missing or extracted teeth. They are in most cases a long term solution to missing teeth. Implants also prevent the jaws from shrinking, which helps you maintain a younger-looking face. They will allow you to speak normally. Removable dentures that move in your mouth can be uncomfortable and lead to altered speech.
Dental implants also protect your natural teeth. Dentures and bridges often result in compromising the natural health of your surrounding teeth as the teeth either side need to be drilled away to make room for the bridges, and dentures put extra forces on surrounding teeth and compromise gum health and cleaning.
A dental implant will allow you to eat your favourite foods as they are fixed in the bone and therefore allow you to bite naturally.
They are placed into healthy bone and can last many years and even a lifetime. They still need to be looked after and cleaned well just as your natural teeth do, otherwise can lead to the need for maintenance or repair.
A dental implant consists of a substitute tooth root made from titanium, which is placed into the space your previous tooth root occupied. A natural, tooth-coloured crown is then fitted to the dental implant. Implants can also be used to stabilise a loose denture to stop it slipping or support a bridge.