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Dental Implants

While in the past missing teeth were generally replaced conventionally with fixed bridges or dentures, the more recent trend is the replacement of missing teeth with dental implants, a much more comfortable and permanent solution. Implants which are placed by an experienced dentist or dental specialist will look and feel like your own natural teeth and be virtually indistinguishable.

Athletes such as rugby players often loose teeth due to trauma. Missing teeth can also result from a poor diet, poor oral hygiene, or age.

The loss of teeth can significantly influence self-esteem due to the influence on appearance, as well as causing bite problems and difficulties in eating.

What are Dental Implants?

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Dental implants replace the root part of your tooth: a threaded titanium screw or post is surgically placed into the jaw bone.

When may dental implants be needed?

Implants may be required when too many teeth are missing and there are no teeth left to support bridges. In this case loose dentures or more solid dental implants are the only possible choices. Generally implants are used to support either a single crown or bridges.

Dental Implants to secure dentures.

Dentures do not allow for normal eating habits because they are unstable. Using implants to secure them into place gives patients the confidence and comfort of being able to eat what they want.

Lifespan and success rate?

Dental implants can replace missing teeth very successfully. Their lifespan is determined by the skill of the dentist who placed them and how well you look after your teeth and gums.

When placed into the jaw, new bone takes about 3 to 6 months to grow around the implant and onto the surface of the implant (osseointegration). Poor placement and infections can interfere with this process. Infection of the tissue around the implant is much higher for people with poor oral hygiene and for smokers. Giving up smoking before the placement of implant would therefore be a wise decision. Generally, implants have a 90-95% 5 year success rate. For patients who look after their oral health and hygiene these can last up to 25 years.

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