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Dental Implants

Dental implant placement combines delicate minor surgery and modern dental techniques to replace badly broken teeth, a single missing tooth, a group of teeth or all teeth. The roots of missing teeth are replaced with a special screw or cylinder (dental implant), and a crown is later connected to the implant. Dental implants look, work and feel like natural teeth and can be used in adults.

Benefits of dental implants

Millions of people worldwide have dental implants. They are the natural choice where teeth are missing, require extensive restoration, or need to be removed. In some situations, implants are the only viable option – such as when conventional dentistry has failed, or the patient has lost teeth because of an accident or cancer surgery.

What about other kinds of tooth replacement?

Even the best fitting denture can only function at 15 to 20% of the efficiency of natural teeth. The other alternatives, such as bridges, have serious shortcomings, as adjacent teeth need to be cut down for support. Dental implants are free-standing and do not require adjacent teeth for support. Implants also stimulate the bone and gums to maintain shape.

What is involved with implant management?

Implant placement involves only minimal discomfort for a day or two. In some situations where a tooth has to be removed, it can often be immediately replaced with an implant. In other situations, it may be several weeks before the implant can be placed. After the implant is healed a crown can be fitted onto the implant.

Implant care and maintenance

Implants require a regular and dedicated hygiene and maintenance. Regular visits to you dentist and hygienist are essential to promote you investment and longevity.