A dental implant is an artificial root replacement that is used to support one or more false teeth. Usually, tooth implants replace missing tooth, which have been removed due to injury, disease or decay. It is usually more comfortable than a dental plate or crown which is why implants are becoming very popular. Implants can be implemented to replace either a single missing tooth, more than one or an entire set.
Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth — an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges — as well as individual crowns placed over implants — feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.
For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible, due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place.
From the medical point of view, implants are superior to other tooth replacement solutions as they look and feel and more importantly, function like your own teeth.
Aim Of Dental Implants
- Improved facial appreance
- Able to eat what you want
- Have retentive, stable and reliable dentures
- Better dental hygeine
Alternatives To Dental Implants Include
- Removable dentures (false teeth) – plastic or metal frameworks that carry false teeth
- A bridge – false teeth that are fixed onto adjacent natural teeth
Advantages Of Dental Implants
- They can eliminate the discomfort often associated with ill-fitting dentures.
- Dental implants prevent other neighboring teeth from invading the space left by a missing tooth.
- Teeth implants can also be used to anchor crowns, bridges and dentures.
- They help to preserve the natural jaw bone and consequently the facial structures and form.
- They preserve healthy neighboring teeth from the grinding required in the conventional bridge treatment.
- They are very convenient and comfortable
- They boost your confidence and self esteem.