Teeth are lost for many reasons such as age, disease or accident, and the need to replace the tooth with a functioning yet aesthetic alternative is a top priority for most patients. Having gaps often causes feelings of insecurity and self-consciousness and can also affect the way you eat and speak. In many cases a dental implant is the ideal and most clinically suitable solution.
A dental implant a small post made of very strong biocompatible material, usually titanium, which is used as an artificial tooth root. During treatment the post is implanted into the jawbone in place of the missing tooth root. The implant then serves as a base for a crown, bridge or even dentures.
Dental implantation is a well-proven dental technique, which has been scientifically tested and used for over 30 years by qualified dentists worldwide. It has transformed the lives of millions of people, who can now chew and speak properly, experience reliable denture stability, retain their healthy teeth and feel attractive and confident once more.
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Yes, dental implants are a safe, well-established treatment, supported by over 30 years of clinical evidence. Today’s implants have an average 95% success rate.
Once the implant post has integrated with the bone and surrounding soft tissue, its longevity will be down to the quality of at-home care and attendance at regular clinical reviews. Just as with natural teeth, poor care can lead to gum infection, bleeding and general discomfort. However, well-maintained implants can be expected to last many years and often a whole lifetime.
Your suitability for implants will depend on the quality and quantity of the bone in your jaw. Even if this is found to be insufficient, there are usually solutions, such as bone grafting, that can enable implant treatment.