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Implants

An excellent way to replace missing teeth

The Problem:

  • A missing tooth or teeth
  • Potential bite and jaw joint problems from teeth shifting to fill the empty space
  • The “sunken face” look associated with several missing teeth
  • Desire to improve chewing ability
  • Desire for a more satisfactorily functional solution than dentures

The Solution:
A dental implant is an appliance used to replace the roots of teeth. The implant is surgically attached to the jaw bone and an artificial abutment and crown attached to the top of the implant, creating a natural looking, undetectable replacement for the missing tooth. In the event that more than one tooth is missing, several implants may provide a base for a series of crowns known as a fixed bridge (see fixed bridges).  Implants can even be used to secure a full set of removable dentures for people who have no remaining natural teeth. This can greatly improve chewing ability, appearance and reduce the risk of choking.

It generally takes about six months for the surgical implant to heal before the final installation of the abutment and implant crown.

Advantages:
Dental implants with implant crowns are the closest thing to re-growing your natural teeth. They are strong, stable, durable and virtually undetectable. By fillings gaps left by missing teeth, implants can provide better chewing ability and help prevent jaw joint problems.  They are far superior to removable dentures.

Disadvantages:
Dental implants are excellent, state-of-the-art restorations and have few disadvantages when compared to alternatives such as dentures.  However, dental implants do require surgery and time to heal, and they are initially more expensive than dentures or fixed bridge.  There are also some medical conditions that mean implants may not be the best option for some patients.  Suffering from,  i.e.

  • Severe Osteoporosis
  • Severe unstable Diabetes
  • Terminal cancers
  • Heavy smokers