Losing a tooth, particularly a front tooth, can be a traumatic experience. It can alter not just our ability to chew, but also how we feel about ourselves: our confidence, our self-esteem. It can alter our lifestyle and affect us socially and professionally.
What are dental implants and what does it do?
Dental implants are, in effect, an artificial root made of titanium which is securely placed into the jaw to serve as an anchor for a replacement tooth. The bone grows around the root so the implant becomes integrated into the bone structure and is very secure. A crown, bridge or denture can then be placed over the dental implant, matching the surrounding teeth.
For those wishing to replace missing teeth, close unsightly gaps or secure unstable dentures, dental implants may be the ideal long-term solution. Implant-supported replacement teeth (also known as “cosmetic teeth”) look, feel and function like natural teeth.
How long does dental implant treatment take?
Treatment time will vary depending on your unique situation. Nowadays, it is often possible to get well-functioning and aesthetic looking teeth within a few days. In some cases, it may be necessary to wait a longer time before finishing the restoration in order to obtain an optimal result.
How long does it last?
Maintaining care of the dental implants will help to assure the long-term success of your treatment. Great techniques mean they now last as long or even longer than your own teeth.