For those who have issues with missing teeth or who have spent years wearing dentures, dental implants could be a life changing option for you.
Many people have heard of dental implants but aren’t entirely sure what they entail or whether they’re right for them so read on to find out how they can work for you.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are used in place of a natural tooth root.
They are made from materials such as titanium and they can be implanted into the upper or lower jaws, or both. You can use dental implants either to replace just one single tooth or multiple teeth, or to help to support partial and full dentures.
There are 3 main types of dental implant including:
- Endosseous Implants
- Subperiosteal Implants
- Transosteal Implants
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants act as an anchor (similar to a natural tooth root). They are implanted inside the mouth and attached to the jawbone and gum tissue.
Their role as an artificial tooth root makes them the ideal base to secure replacement teeth too. As well as dentures, dental implants are often used with crowns and bridges.
How Long Do Dental Implants Take?
Due to the hugely important role that dental implants will play, it’s important to fit them thoroughly and this can often take up to 6 months or more.
You will have an initial consultation with your dentist who will check whether dental implants are the right option for you and will provide you with a full briefing about the procedure.
Once the implant has been put in, it’s essential that the implant is given enough time to fuse with the jawbone, while the gum is secured over it.
You’ll then need to have the implant uncovered so that your dentist can attach a post to it. The gum tissue then needs to heal around the post – which acts with the implant – as the foundation of the tooth.
The final step will be for your dentist to create a crown which can be attached to the implant post where it is fixed securely in place.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Although this can be a relatively lengthy procedure, well maintained and properly cared for dental implants can last a life time and will help you to love your smile again.