What are dental implants?
Dental implants are tooth replacements that act as natural-looking substitutes for missing teeth. For many, missing teeth can physically affect how you eat and talk, but the problem can also impact your confidence.
Dental implants are screw-like cylinders made from titanium, which are attached to your jaw to replace the missing tooth. The reason they look so natural is that the screw is hidden out of sight like the roots of your natural teeth.
The process of having dental implants happens in three phases. Over time the bone will grow around the implant and the tissue will fuse, which secures them into place.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Their natural-looking appearance is a huge advantage for many patients who feel self-conscious about their missing teeth. Dental implants are subtle and long-lasting as they are fixed directly into the jawbone. They can’t be removed, unlike dentures, so they stay in place and will likely last as long as your natural teeth.
Dental implants help you enjoy meals, talk normally and bring back a confident smile, which might have been a challenge with missing teeth. They are also able to prevent bone loss, as they stimulate your jaw just like your natural teeth do.
Who are dental implants for?
If you are a healthy adult, over 18, then it’s likely you are eligible for dental implants. There are some things that your dentist will want to address, though. This includes whether you smoke, if you have received radiotherapy near your jaw, and if you also have gum disease.
Dental implants are not possible for anyone under the age of 18, as the jaw bone is still developing. If you are healthy enough and the right age for treatment, you will then undergo assessments to check your mouth, along with a review of your medical history.
This is to ensure that your jaw will be strong enough to support the dental implants naturally. In some cases, you might need a bone graft or sinus lift, if the bone isn’t naturally strong enough.
You might not be suitable if you have medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, drug abuse, immune system problems, or blood clotting issues.
Book With Us
To find out if you are eligible for dental implants, then book an appointment with COOMSA today. Our dental professionals can help determine if this is the right solution for you.