People lose teeth all the time either through trauma, when teeth are knocked out or due to decay, gum disease or old age.
Whatever the reason for loosing your teeth they need to be replaced both for aesthetic and functional reasons.
Dental implants are now becoming the preferred option to replace missing teeth as they provide a longer-term solution, slow down bone loss and preserve nearby healthy tooth tissue.
Dental implants are also commonly used to securely fix a denture in place avoiding embarrassing denture slippage or denture fixatives.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
They look and feel just like your own teeth. Dental implants restore your confidence to talk, laugh and chew with comfort and without worries.
Implants preserve the integrity of facial structures. Implants prevent the hard and soft tissue collapse that can occur under conventional bridges and removable partial dentures. In patients who have lost all of their teeth the lower one-third of the face is prone to collapse if implants are not placed to preserve the bone and the facial profile. Implants form a strong bond to the surrounding bone to provide support and anchorage for biting and chewing as well as stimulation for the bone to hold it in place.
Implant-supported crowns and bridges do not require neighbouring teeth for support. When teeth are replaced using traditional tooth-supported bridges the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are ground down so that the bridge can be cemented onto them. This tooth structure can never be replaced. Removable partial dentures use clasps and rests which have to be carved onto adjacent teeth. As the partial rocks back and forth, it can loosen the teeth it depends on for anchorage, causing them to be lost.
Implants replace the entire tooth and the missing root so it is a free-standing restoration. This leaves more of your own teeth untouched and free of restorations which save your natural teeth.
Better health and nutrition because you can eat what you want. Patients with dentures often find themselves unable to eat certain foods such as fruits and vegetables which can compromise their nutrition. With dental implants it is much easier to bite into and chew your favourite foods.
Ease of cleansing. An implant supported crown can be cleaned like your other natural teeth, i.e. brushing and flossing. Cleaning under a bridge, however, requires the use of floss threaders for proper cleaning, while a partial must be taken out several times a day and scrubbed clean.
Enjoy your food. Patients who wear an upper denture often have trouble really tasting food because the roof of the mouth is covered. With implant supported replacement teeth it is not necessary to cover the roof of the mouth so it is possible to enjoy the taste of all your favourite foods.
Eliminates the pain of ill-fitting dentures. Loose fitting dentures can be securely fastened using dental implants. This avoids embarrassing slippage of dental and removes the need for denture fixatives.