Dental implants are highly realistic, permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth. They look and feel very natural and enable you to eat and speak with confidence as well as improving the way your smile looks. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in subtle ways which may not be as apparent as physical appearance. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often amazed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.
The implant itself is a small titanium rod which is precisely set into your jawbone. Over time the bone and implant bond together forming a strong and permanent base very much like a false tooth root.
Implants can have crowns or bridges fitted on top, replacing one or more missing teeth. Patients with many missing teeth can be fitted with special dentures, held firmly in place by implants, thus making it much easier to eat and speak without embarrassment.
Conditions which can be treated with dental implants:
- Replacing one or more missing teeth with individual implant-supported single crowns;
- Replacing fixed bridges or partial dentures with an implant-supported bridge;
- Stopping a full denture from moving around;
- Replacing a full denture with a full arch bridge.