Implants in the jaw have now had over 40 years of research and development and are a highly succesful long-term replacement option for missing teeth. When you ose a tooth your other teeth are more at risk of breaking from the extra load, and the bite changes as adjacent teeth fall inwards like removing a book from a bookshelf.
Traditionally missing teeth have been replaced with either a denture or a bridge. Dentures are bulky replacements that are never as comfortable as your own teeth. They also trap food and put your remaining teeth at risk of decay and gum disease. One study found 30% of people given a removable option will stop wearing it within 3 months due to comfort issues. Bridges can replace missing teeth comfortably but involve heavy cutting of the teeth on either side of the gap. When the bridge fails your one tooth space may become a 2 or 3 tooth space. An implant is as close to replacing your own tooth as you can get, and leaves the remaining teeth in a natural state.
An implant is a titanium prosthetic root placed in the jaw where your original tooth was. The bone in your jaws can bond to and grow onto this titanium allowing us to fabricate a crown over the top. This makes the implant look and feel just like a natural tooth.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Implants can also be used under full dentures to make them rock solid and restore confidence. Sometimes this can be done in a single appointment with both placement of the implants and adjustment of the denture so you can walk out with the confidence and enjoyment of firm dentures. Dr Marc Miller has completed training in the placement of Mini Dental Implants for denture stabalization. Come and see us for a consultation.
More complex non removable options can also be made on traditional implants. For specific answers to questions go to Myteethnvd