Dental implants are the closest thing to a real tooth and can last a lifetime if you look after your teeth by brushing and flossing effectively.
We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions about dental implants that will give you a bit more of an insight into how they work, the benefits and the procedure behind them.
What is an implant made up of?
There are 3 components to dental implants which are:
- Implant – implants are a fixed solution and replace your tooth root, fusing with your jawbone over a period of months to become a permanent part of your body.
- Abutment – this is the connecting component fixing the restoration to the implant.
- Restoration – the aesthetic ‘tooth’ part of the process. This is what will give the aesthetic look of a tooth and you and your dentist will select a shade and shape, informed by your existing teeth.
How important is it to replace missing teeth?
Your teeth are responsible for supporting your jawbone. When you have a missing tooth, your facial aesthetic can be jeopardised as your your jawbone no longer has the foundations it needs which in turn causes it to sink back into the face – known as resorption.
What are the principal benefits of dental implants?
Unlike dentures, dental implants are a fixed solution. Dentures can be the cause of social embarrassment and can make eating and talking difficult for those who wear them. Many patients that come to us at Cornerhouse have dentures and are looking for a more authentic solution to missing teeth.
What are dental implants made of?
Dental implants are small titanium screws that are compatible with your jawbone. It is very rare for a person to reject titanium implants; in most cases, titanium is compatible with the human body.
Is everyone suitable for dental implants?
Conditions such as gum disease and trauma can compromise the quality of a patient’s jawbone and in these cases, there is sometimes not enough jawbone to support dental implants. In this situation, a bone graft can help to build up bone in order to support the implants.