Dental Implants 101

Woman with Dental ImplantsDental implants are one of the most notable technological advancements in modern dentistry and your best option for replacing one or more missing teeth. Tooth loss can affect your health and confidence in more than one way. Teeth are meant to function together and if any of your teeth are removed by trauma or other causes, then your remaining teeth will be jeopardised. Besides the aesthetic impact on your smile (i.e. the effect of ‘sunken’ face and a flawed smile), losing one or more of your teeth can lead to various problems from gum disease to speech defects and malocclusion among others. If you have lost teeth and want a permanent and natural solution, then look no further than dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts resembling a tooth root, which are surgically positioned into the jaw bone beneath the gum line and allow your dentist to replace missing teeth by mounting a crown, replacement teeth or a bridge in the affected area. Dr. Sunil Passan at Northlight Dental in Milton Keynes leads a team of experienced dentists ready to provide the best treatment for your individual needs and guarantee the success and longevity of your dental implants.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are designed to fuse to the jaw bone and thus provide support for artificial teeth, crowns or bridges. As opposed to ordinary bridges and dentures, dental implants will not slip or dislocate from your mouth when you perform basic functions like eating or speaking. In addition to stability and longevity, dental implants are the most natural solution for your smile as they look no different than the rest of your teeth.

Ideally, dental implants require healthy gums and preserved bone tissue. However, technological advancements in dentistry in recent years such as bone grafting and sinus lift, make it possible for patients who have lost a significant amount of bone tissue to undergo an operation for dental implants.

Are dental implants right for me?

Dental implants can be effective for a number of cases from single tooth loss to an empty mouth. Dental implants are also an ideal solution who can no longer support dentures. The best way to determine if you are eligible for dental implants is to seek the advice of your dentist.