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Dental implants are a popular and effective solution for individuals who are missing one or more teeth. They are designed to replace the natural tooth root and provide a stable foundation for a crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implants offer a range of benefits that make them an ideal choice for many of our patients.

One of the primary benefits of dental implants is their ability to improve your oral health. When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth can shift out of position, which can cause problems with your bite and make it difficult to clean your teeth properly. Dental implants prevent this from happening by filling in the gap and keeping your other teeth in their proper place.

Another benefit of dental implants is their natural appearance. Unlike dentures, which can look and feel artificial, dental implants are designed to look and function like your natural teeth. This can help to boost your confidence and self-esteem, allowing you to smile and speak with ease.

Dental implants are also incredibly durable and long-lasting. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for many years, making them a cost-effective solution in the long run. Additionally, dental implants do not require any special cleaning procedures or adhesives, making them a convenient and hassle-free option for patients.

However, it is important to recognise dental implants are not for everyone. Our bone shrinks away after a tooth extraction fairly rapidly in the first 6 months. Although there are options to replace lost bone this can become costly and in some situations not possible. Also, some medications and medical conditions may limit the potential for dental implants.

Overall, dental implants offer a range of benefits that make them a popular and effective solution for individuals who are missing teeth. If you are considering dental implants, it is important to consult with a dental professional to determine if they are right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions about Implants

A dental implant is a small, titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone to serve as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth.

Dental implants are placed into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone over time. Once the implant has fully integrated with the bone, a crown or bridge is attached to it, creating a natural-looking and functional replacement tooth.

The implant procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, so patients should not feel any pain. However, some discomfort and swelling may occur after the procedure, which can be managed with pain medication.

The implant procedure typically takes under an hour. However the healing process takes several months, as it requires time for the implant to integrate with the jawbone. The length of the process may vary depending on the patient’s individual needs.

Dental implants may not be suitable for everyone, as they require a healthy jawbone and gums for successful placement. A thorough evaluation by a dental professional is necessary to determine if a patient is a good candidate for dental implants.

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