What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are a functional, safe and long term solution to replacing one or more missing teeth. They can also be used to support fixed bridges and dentures.
They are a suitable option for most people, no matter your age, the condition of your teeth or the number of implants you require.
Dental implants work by mimicking the structure of a natural tooth with a titanium root placed into the bone in your jaw and a manufactured porcelain crown fixed to the top. The implant will look just as natural as your other teeth and once established will be well fixed and strong. They don’t move around- like dentures can- so feel more comfortable and secure.
With a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental check-ups your implant should last many years meaning that it is a highly successful and cost-effective alternative to a number of other treatments.
A missing tooth, or teeth, can cause various personal and practical issues in your everyday life. Eating, chewing and speech- not to mention general self-esteem- can be seriously affected by sore gums or gaps. Likewise, loose or poorly fitted dentures can be uncomfortable and embarrassing- meaning that you might avoid eating certain foods you might otherwise enjoy.
As well as the aesthetics and lifestyle issues there are a number of oral health problems which can occur as result. When a tooth is missing your jawbone can degenerate over time due to a lack of stimulation – this in turn can cause premature ageing in your face. Replacement of a tooth also helps to prevent your remaining teeth from moving or twisting and food getting stuck in gaps and potentially causing gum disease.
Dental implants at Knebworth Dental can help to significantly improve your quality of life on a number of levels, enabling you to feel happy and confident again.