With people living longer, it’s vital to maintain our smiles for a lifetime. However, sometimes our teeth cannot keep up, and tooth loss due to injury or disease can occur. Dental implants offer a solution to restore both your smile and oral health.
An implant is a synthetic tooth root surgically placed into the jawbone, typically titanium. It is a foundation for a replacement tooth, which can be permanently attached or removable. Implants provide stability and a natural feel, similar to real teeth, making them an excellent choice for tooth replacement.
The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease.
Single or Multiple Implants
Implants offer versatility in addressing various tooth loss situations. For individuals missing a single tooth, a single implant and replacement tooth can effectively restore the smile. In cases where multiple teeth are missing consecutively, a few strategically placed implants can provide support for a permanent bridge, which replaces the set of missing teeth. Furthermore, if all teeth are lost, a full bridge or full denture can be securely fixed in the mouth using an appropriate number of implants. This flexibility allows for tailored solutions to meet the specific needs of each patient.
Advantages Over Dentures or Bridges
Implants offer several advantages over dentures or bridges. Unlike conventional bridges and dentures that are not fixed to the bone and can be unstable, implants provide stability, making it easier to eat and smile confidently. Implants look natural and feel and function like real teeth, allowing for a stronger biting force. Additionally, implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support, ensuring the health of your natural teeth remains uncompromised. Unlike bridges, which have a limited lifespan of around seven to ten years, implants are designed to last a lifetime.
After implant treatment, caring for your replacement teeth is like natural teeth. This involves daily brushing, flossing, and regular checkups with your dentist. By maintaining good oral hygiene and seeking proper dental care, you can extend the lifespan of your implant-supported teeth, ensuring they serve you well for years to come.