Dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth or teeth that are terminal.
Though nothing can replace your existing natural teeth, with advances in dental implant techniques, we now have an excellent option to replace the gaps in your smile with little or no disturbance to the adjacent dentition and to minimise the need to wear plastic or metal plates.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium "tooth roots" that are surgically placed in the jaw. Once they are integrated into the bone, we can then place a ceramic tooth on top that blends in with the rest of your teeth and fills in the gap.
Though dental implants may appear to be more expensive treatment options, alternative treatments such as dental bridges or dentures can cost the same or more in the long term.
For patients who have lost all their teeth, implant-supported over-dentures may be a good option to increase the stability of the dentures and improve function. This option is particularly useful for lower full dentures where the denture is usually less stable than the top.
Another method called all-on-4 stabilises the entire top or bottom teeth on four implants and has proven very successful in many cases. Individuals need to be assessed carefully with radiographic scans and diagnostic moulds before any dental implant procedure is carried out.