Dental implants are a treatment solution for patients who have lost a tooth or teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease or oral injury. Tooth loss not only affects how we eat and speak, but it can also affect self-image and general confidence. Dental implant treatment is aimed at providing secure replacement teeth to ensure proper bite function, facial form and a confident smile.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants consist of titanium posts, abutments and a prosthetic, which serve as both replacement tooth roots and teeth. Implants are securely fitted within the jawbone structure, naturally fusing with existing bone structure. The titanium tooth roots act as a permanent fixture for dental crowns, dentures and bridges.
Do Dental Implants feel the same as normal teeth?
The chewing sensation of the dental implant may feel different because the implant is not attached to the periodontal ligament as with natural teeth. However, this initial sensation will shortly become unnoticeable.
How long will my implants last?
How well you look after your implants – and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last.
If you don’t look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to that found on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth.
If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is h2 and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants there is no lifetime guarantee.