What are dental implants?
A dental implant refers to the solution of replacing missing teeth or teeth that could not be saved and needed to be pulled out. A titanium screw placed into the jaw bone (all under local anesthetic so there is no pain) serves as the root of the tooth to support a crown, a bridge or a denture. Once the screw integrates with the jaw bone (takes about 3-6 months, variable between cases), then crown or bridge or denture can be attached to the implant and normal function will be restored with long term benefits.
What is the value of an implant?
Missing teeth will affect people in different ways. Some are more concerned with appearance and some more with function (find it difficult to chew food). Missing teeth will cause adjacent teeth to tip into the open space and the opposite tooth to unnaturally grow into the space. Tipping teeth are difficult to clean, therefore they are more prone to gum and jaw bone disease. When they tip severely or unnaturally grow into the missing teeth’s space, the lack of bone support will increase the risk of losing more teeth.
Whether a person has lost all their teeth, a few of them, or even just one tooth, dental implants are considered as a superior option for lasting chewing and appearance results.