Dental implants are a permanent procedure that involves supporting false teeth or replacement of missing teeth. Implants are used to replace missing roots and support artificial replacement teeth. They are an alternative to bridges and removable dentures. They are comfortable and look like natural teeth. A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.
Like real teeth, implants need to be maintained and cleaned regularly as part of a healthy oral care routine and will need regular appointments to ensure they are taken care of. However, if implants are properly cared for, they are likely to last many years and are often preferable because of their longevity. They are often the best option to replace missing teeth.
If you are still unsure about whether dental implants are the right choice for you, here are some of the criteria to consider if implants would suitable for you.
If you are a smoker or have damaged or infected jaw bones, for example if you have undergone radiotherapy, have osteoporosis or diabetes, you will need to speak to a dentist first about the suitability of implants as they may not be the best option. If you would like a consultation or to speak to a dentist contact us today. We offer appointments throughout the week including evenings and weekends where you can speak to a member of our team about dental implants.