A dental implant is a substitute for the root of a missing tooth. Implants are used to replace single teeth by placing a porcelain crown on top. Alternatively, multiple teeth can be replaced by placing a dental bridge over several implants. They can also be used to hold dentures in position. Dental implants are a very elegant solution to the problem of a missing tooth. They are fixed in position, look and feel like natural teeth, and avoid the problems associated with bridges or dentures. They are the closest thing in dentistry to natural teeth.
Why Choose a Dental Implant
Dentures are removable, and as such may move when eating and speaking. Some patients also find them bulky or uncomfortable to wear. Bridges require the adjacent teeth to be filed down which may cause problems down the line. It is a shame to have to file down a healthy tooth and risk damaging or losing it. Dental implants are not removable, look and feel like natural teeth, and don’t require any adjustments to the adjacent teeth – a significant long term benefit to your oral health.
How can Dental Implants help with Dentures?
If you have dentures, you will be aware that they move around as you eat and speak. This tends to get worse over time because the jaws gradually shrink when there are no teeth present. Eventually there may be little bone for the dentures to rest on causing dentures to slip and slide, fall when speaking, or make chewing some foods impossible. Dental implants can be used to hold your dentures in place, eliminating these problems.