Are Dental Implants a Good Long-Term Solution?

May 8, 2018

If you have gum disease, have smashed or damaged your adult teeth, or your teeth haven’t faired too well in the ageing process, dental implants could be a good long-term solution to your dental woes.

Want to know more? Read on for our complete guide to dental implants, including what they are, their benefits, and how they can fix a gap-filled smile.


What are Dental Implants? 

Dental implants are a perfect long-term solution for replacing missing teeth as they’re embedded straight into your jawbone – just like your natural teeth! In some regards they’re even better than your natural teeth, as you won’t have to worry about developing cavities. Plus, they won’t affect your healthy neighbouring teeth or lead top bone loss in your jaw like removable dentures or fixed bridges.


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Dental implants are made up of a titanium implant, an abutment and a crown, and act in the same way as a natural tooth. Implants are usually made from titanium, as it’s a durable material that fuses easily with the bone tissue. Usually fitted in root form, the implant will be inserted directly into the gums and jaw. However, if your jawbone is too narrow for bone grafting, your dentist might decide to insert a plate form implant instead.


Why are Dental Implants Important?

 Missing teeth can be problematic both in terms of functionality and aesthetics. For instance, if food becomes trapped in the gaps between you teeth, it can increase plaque build-up, which increases your chances of developing gum disease and other oral health issues.

Missing teeth can also lead to a lack in self-confidence, as many people feel uncomfortable smiling, or even speaking when they have missing teeth or what they feel are ‘unsightly’ gaps. Dental implants can assist with this as they can restore the appearance of your face and jaw, giving you a healthier, more youthful look.


What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

As well as improving your oral health and the appearance of your smile and facial structure, dental implants come with a host of extra benefits. These include:

  • No diet restrictions
  • They help preserve the bone in your jaw, as they’re imbedded into the jaw to prevent bone loss
  • They won’t cause any harm or put any extra pressure on your neighbouring teeth
  • They have a natural appearance, making it difficult to tell them apart from your natural teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will also take steps to ensure the colour of your implants matches the shade of your natural teeth as closely as possible
  • After the initial procedure, they won’t cause you any pain or discomfort
  • While bridges and dentures need to be replaced every seven to 15 years, on average, when properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime!


If you have missing teeth and aren’t sure what course of treatment will best suit your needs, book an appointment with your local dentist today! Our team at Hillarys Dental Clinic will be able to assess your mouth and jawbone to determine the best course of treatment for you, which could be dental implants. Book your consultation today!

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