If you are missing one, several or all of your natural teeth and want to replace them permanently, then dental implants are the best solution for you. Unlike other tooth replacement options that simply sit on the gums and require replacement every few years, dental implants become part of the jawbone and can last a lifetime with proper oral care. At the Dental Surgery Burnham, dental implants are our treatment of choice for patients who have lost their teeth and want to restore their oral function.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium, which are surgically fixed into the jawbone. Titanium is a material that is compatible with the human body, therefore, dental implants gradually fuse to the jawbone and replace the missing tooth roots. Once healed, they are usually topped by replacement teeth such as individual crowns, bridges or dentures. Their biggest advantage compared to other tooth replacement options such as conventional bridges and dentures is that they look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
Why should I replace my missing teeth with dental implants?
Tooth loss is a serious oral condition and can create many unfavourable consequences if not addressed. Apart from restoring your ability to smile, eat and speak better, dental implants are the only tooth replacement treatment that prevents jawbone deterioration that can lead to the collapse of facial tissue. This happens through the transmission of pressure down into the jawbone, once the implants are fixed. Teeth which are not replaced with dental implants will eventually compromise healthy teeth that will gradually move to the empty spaces leading to further tooth loss.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants are a good option for patients of all ages in good health who have lost one or several teeth due to accident, trauma or disease. However, dental implants require sufficient jawbone in order to be fixed in place. If you suffer considerable bone loss, your dentist may suggest a bone augmentation procedure prior to your implant surgery. Similarly, patients with certain chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease will need clearance from their doctor before proceeding to dental implants, since these conditions can seriously compromise the healing period.