Losing teeth is a common problem; replacing them as soon as possible is important to ensure you can eat comfortably and talk and smile confidently.
Traditional options include dentures and tooth-supported dental bridges, but dental implants are often regarded as the gold standard. If you face losing teeth or already have a gap in your smile, it is worth investigating this treatment further to see if it might suit your needs.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth replacement with a small post or screw surgically inserted into the jaw, which fuses firmly with the surrounding bone. A special attachment called an abutment is fitted onto the post, supporting the restoration. A single dental implant can support an implant crown, but multiple dental implants can support a fixed dental bridge, including a complete arch or a removable denture that clips firmly onto the implants.
Strong, Stable Teeth
When an implant post is inserted into the jawbone, a process called osseointegration occurs, where new bone grows around and on the post, firmly bonding the post in place. The result is a strong, stable anchorage point for a new tooth. Implant crowns and bridges have a biting strength similar to natural teeth. An implant denture has greater biting strength than an ordinary denture resting on the gums. Stronger teeth make eating a wider choice of foods easier, potentially positively impacting nutrition and overall health.
Natural Looking, Functional Teeth
Here at Bel Canto, we take enormous care to design implant teeth that look natural, using the best materials. We also ensure these teeth are fully functional so that you can bite and chew food easily. Every dental implant treatment is precisely planned to identify the optimal location for each implant, making sure it can be restored properly.
Suitable for Most People
Dental implants are suitable for most people, but you will need a proper consultation to discover if they are the right treatment for you and to learn which option may suit you best. We must examine your mouth and review your dental and medical history during this consultation. It is rare, but sometimes certain medical conditions may mean that implants are not an optimal choice, in which case we can discuss the alternatives. Implants might be less suitable for people with poorly controlled diabetes or those who smoke and do not wish to quit, as these factors can negatively impact healing.
Age is not generally a barrier, provided you are over eighteen, so your jaws have finished growing and developing. Many older people have benefitted from dental implant treatment, especially those who may have lost teeth years ago and have struggled with conventional dentures. You are never too old to gain the benefits of a healthy smile and the ability to eat a broad range of foods.
A Long-Lasting Solution for Tooth Loss
Dental implants can last for many years or even for life with the correct treatment planning and aftercare. Although dental implants are artificial, they are surrounded by living bone and gum that must be kept clean and hygienic to avoid the risk of infection. They are easy to care for, and single dental implants can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth.
We will ensure you know how to clean your dental implants thoroughly to keep them strong and free from infection. After you have dental implants, you must see our dentist regularly for checkups and book dental hygiene appointments so we can clean your implants professionally. It is a simple routine that protects your investment in your smile and allows you to maintain optimal oral health.