Dental Implants

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What are Dental Implants?

An Implant is a small titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone to replace the missing tooth root, usually under local anaesthetic.

Titanium is used as it is generally very compatible with the human body and bone bonds well to it, giving it a stable and long-term structure on to which the replacement tooth is fixed.

Once healed (4-8 weeks), the artifificial root acts as a base for fixing a crown or denture giving a secure, functional, highly aesthetic and long-term result.

What are the benefits of Dental Implants?

Maintain your facial structure following tooth loss

If you have missing teeth, the jaw bone begins to shrink over time. Unhealthy bone loss can make your jaw line recede and change your facial structure. Dental implants are the only missing teeth solution that prevents deterioration of the jaw bone so your face retains its natural shape.

Implants transmit chewing forces through the jaw bone to help preserve it and stop any changes to your profile.

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Maintain the health of your teeth and gums

Leaving a gap in your teeth can lead to a number of problems such as tooth decay and gum disease due to food being able to pack up in the space left between your other teeth. Having mssing teeth also affects your remaining teeth as the opposing tooth erupts into the space and affects your bite leading to extra load on the tooth causing
increased wear.

Some other tooth replacement solutions require damaging or cutting down of the healthy teeth surrounding the gap. Dental Implants do not cause any damage to your remaining teeth.

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Stability and comfort

Dental implants with a crown act like natural teeth, you can even eat hard food that you have to bite into without worry.

Dental Implants can also be used to secure dentures where the patient has a lot of missing teeth. The implants secure your denture in place so it does not slip or move. This eliminates some of the key problems of dentures, including poor fit, gum irritation and pain from exposed nerves. The result is superior comfort, reliability, and freedom from embarrassment.

 

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Dental Implants can be used as a solution for many different types of gap from a single tooth to a full mouth replacement as shown below.

Single Dental Implant with          Crown

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Multiple Dental Implants with Bridge

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Multiple Implants with Fixed Denture

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Multiple Implants with Removable Denture

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