What are dental implants? Why should I receive them?
Have you suffered tooth loss? Are you concerned about the function and appearance of your smile? Maybe it’s time to consider dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
Let’s start with the basics; dental implants are replacement tooth roots that provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. Where and how implants are placed are largely determined by the assessment of your jaw and teeth function. Placing dental implants requires a surgical procedure that fits the implant to the bone. After the implant has been placed an abutment is attached, which is a device that joins the implant to a tooth form known as a crown. Here, the crown replaces the former tooth and remains visible in the mouth after having been cemented or screwed, or cemented onto the abutment.
Why should I receive dental implants?
Dental implants offer a number of advantages, which include:
- Improved appearance
- Improved speech
- Improved comfort
- Improved oral health
These are just a few of the advantages dental implants offer in contrast to not receiving treatment after the loss of teeth. Improved appearance occurs as a result of an aesthetically pleasing implant, which looks and feel like your own teeth. Moreover, improved oral health is another important factor, with dental implants known to preserve natural tooth tissue and reduce the need for subsequent restoration of adjacent teeth.
What are the disadvantages of receiving dental implants?
Although dental implants possess a number of advantages, it is important to understand that there are some disadvantages, which include:
- A surgical procedure and subsequent healing time may be necessary before a crown is placed on the tooth, which can be unsightly
- Dental implants can be quite costly depending on the surgery required
- Fracture of fixtures, bridges or abutment screws which can cause severe trauma to the jaw (note only 5% of patients suffer from this)
- Crown fracture due to inability to absorb shock
Implant specialist Doctor Andrew Hall has extensive experience in assisting his patients to achieve a beautiful smile through dental implants. With a passion for smile aesthetics and substantial experience in implant dentistry, Dr Hall is one a small few of dentists who offer patients innovative CEREC and Galileos imaging technology.
With the latest in modern dentistry technology and an extensive background in dental implant surgery, Dr Andrew Hall and the team of dental experts at The Studio for Exceptional Dentistry is confident that they will return your smile to full health.