Dental implants are regarded as the most advantageous solution to missing teeth. Implants are recommended in cases where a patient has lost teeth as a result of trauma or injury, decay or the ageing process. They can have positive implications on confidence and self-esteem, improving the function and aesthetics of the smile.
Implants can be used to replace single or multiple teeth, as well as to retain dentures. They are unique in design and can fit into small spaces and also where the bone is limited in both height and width.
Single Tooth Implants
Single Tooth replacement with Dental Implant and Procera© Crown
If sufficient bone is available replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant has several advantages:
- Teeth either side do not need to be drilled or undergo extra pressure
- The surrounding bone is supported and prevented from further resorbtion
- Implants are usually a longer lasting option
- Implants usually are stronger and support the bite forces better
- The don’t move around and interfere with speech like dentures
Multiple Tooth Implants
When several teeth are missing it can become difficult to chew properly. Replacing these teeth with dental implants can give the confidence to choose any type of food without worry of a moving denture or uncomfortable sensations.
Quite often if several teeth are missing in the same area a bridge can be firmly attached to the underlying implants as seen in the illustration above.
Full Mouth restoration with Dental implant supported bridgework
Implant Retained Dentures (Denture stabilisation)
Say goodbye to denture adhesives, sore spots and embarrassing moments with implant retained dentures that have a bite comparable to natural teeth. With a more secure fit, you can talk, eat and laugh freely without having to worry about what your dentures are doing.
Dental Implants are used like natural tooth roots to support the dentures and hold them in place. Your complete dentures or partial dentures are attached to your new artificial roots, providing you with greater stability than ever before.
Advantages of implant retained dentures include:
- A stable and secure fit of your dentures to your gums
- Less denture base covering the roof of your mouth
- Improved taste and speech with less denture base
- A bite comparable to your own natural teeth
- Restored chewing ability with greater enjoyment of food
- Improved digestion and well being
- No more pressure points or sore spots