There have been many advancements in dental implant technology, and this has created a rise in patient interest in this area. Many dental practices are getting more enquiries about dental implants than ever.
They are seen to be becoming the most popular choice for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants can restore both appearance and functionality of the tooth. Therefore, many patients have discovered they are the best solution to build up their confidence after losing teeth as well as restoring the full use of their teeth. Below, we explore dental implants further and ask whether they are right for you?
Dental implants – what are they and how do they work?
A dental implant, in simple terms, acts just like your tooth root. It can be used to fix a crown, bridge or dentures to it. The Implants are usually made of titanium and are implanted into the jawbone. After the implants have been placed, the bone in your jaw needs to fuse with the implant. This healing and fusing process can take between 3-6 months. The implants make an extremely secure base for the artificial tooth to be then fixed onto.
Some of the advantages and disadvantages of dental implants?
- They are sturdy and will not move
- Function as real teeth
- Don’t need to be removed like dentures
- Safe and permanent
- They can improve chewing and eating difficulties
- Can increase a person’s confidence as missing teeth and gaps are replaced or filled
- Fills gaps that can attract bacteria from trapped food
- Can minimise face sagging, which might occur when many teeth are missing
- They can stop other nearby teeth from moving around
- They don’t affect your remaining teeth
- They can improve speech
- Can clean them like normal teeth
- Larger upfront cost if you need multiple implants
- Seen as an investment for longer-term solution
- You need to undergo minor surgery
- Can not be removed
Dental implants – how safe are they?
Dental implants are usually made of titanium, a biocompatible material that is accepted by the body. This means that generally speaking, dental implants are safe, and 95% of dental implants are a success. However, with any surgery, there is a risk, and with dental implants, there is a small risk that the patient could develop an infection or potential nerve damage.
If however, you look after your dental implants meticulously and keep to the requested dental hygiene and follow up appointments, the risk is minimal.
If you do have any missing teeth or are suffering from ill-fitting, uncomfortable dentures, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Dental implants might be the solution you are looking for.
Feel free to make an appointment at our South Coast dental practices based in Wimborne or Dorchester to discuss your options further.
South Coast Implant & Cosmetic Dentist – Wimborne
11 Merley Park Road
Tel: 01202 889 960
South Coast Implant & Cosmetic Dentist – Dorchester
South Walks Road
Tel: 01305 757 570