Dental implants have been used for more than 50 years and have proven highly successful to replace one or more missing teeth.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial fixture that mimics the form of a real tooth. The natural root of the tooth is replaced with a titanium screw-like post, which is inserted into the jaw bone. This post then supports a tooth-shaped dental crown or dental bridge, or can be used to secure dentures.
When are all-on-four dental implants used?
All-on-four dental implants (when all teeth are supported on four implants) are used when:
- you have lost or severely broken one or more teeth.
- one or more of your teeth have been extracted because of an infection.
- you have dentures but you’re tired of having to remove and maintain them.
- you already have dentures but they’re uncomfortable or often slip out of place.
If dental implants are recommended for you, the treatment should be completed as soon as possible to help maintain the position and alignment of adjacent teeth and to reduce your risk of other dental problems
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer many benefits including:
- Improved appearance. Dental implants look, feel and act like natural teeth.
- Improved speech. Poor-fitting dentures can move in your mouth and cause your speech to be slurred or mumbled. But dental implants are secured in position so that you can speak naturally.
- Improved comfort and function. Dental implants are comfortable and secured in position, which means that you can bite and chew more easily.
- Improved oral hygiene. Dental implants don’t decay like natural teeth, which means they won’t form cavities or need filling.
- Increased longevity. With good dental care, implants can last many years, often longer than bridges or dentures.
Are dental implants suitable for me?
The suitability of dental implants depends on several factors:
- your age. Dental implants require a fully-formed jaw so are generally not suitable for children under the age of 17.
- whether you grind or clench your teeth.
- whether you smoke. Smokers are more susceptible to bacterial infections following dental procedures, so it’s recommended that you quit before your treatment.