Losing a tooth is a traumatic experience, but it's much more common than you think. Did you know that 69 percent of adults aged between 35 and 44 have lost at least one tooth, whilst 26 percent of those aged 75 and over have lost all their teeth?
For many years, dentures or dental bridges were the only solution for missing teeth. Now, however, there is another, permanent solution. Dental implants are growing in popularity, and more patients than ever are choosing implants to replace their missing teeth.
What is a dental implant?
Put simply, a dental implant is a strong and permanent replacement for the root of a missing tooth. They are made of titanium, which is osteoconductive (supporting bone growth), integrating with your jaw bone to provide a strong, comfortable and secure base on to which replacement teeth are attached, in the form of crowns, fixed bridges or dentures.
Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, several or all of your natural teeth.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- They look and feel much like natural teeth.
- They are permanent and secure – no need to worry about loose dentures slipping out!
- They are comfortable.
- They integrate with the bone, helping to prevent bone loss and loss of facial structure associated with missing teeth.
- They don't damage surrounding teeth, unlike other solutions such as bridges.
- You can enjoy a varied diet as they enable you to bite and chew like natural teeth.
- With proper care they will last you many years.
- They have a success rate of 95-98 percent.
Am I suitable for dental implants?
Most patients are able to have successful dental implant treatment. In some cases it may be necessary to rebuild the bone beneath the implants if it has severely degenerated, but even if you have been told you are unsuitable for implants in the past, it's still worth talking to our implant team. Patients who smoke have a higher failure rate than non-smokers, and it is advised to stop smoking for two months before and after implant surgery.
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