As we get older, losing teeth becomes more common – but it’s not just the physical impact of this that affects us, it can damage our confidence and self-esteem. Luckily for us, there are procedures that can be done to restore your smile to how it’s meant to be – and even improve it! So, whether that’s with veneers turkey or dental implants to get rid of those imposing gaps, you can show off your smile with pride. 

What are dental implants? 

If you have missing teeth, your dentist may suggest dental implants as a permanent solution for filling gaps. They are a more durable solution than dentures, and once they are inserted, you don’t have to think about them. A dental implant is made up of a titanium screw that is placed into your jawbone where the missing tooth has been. After this process has taken place, over time the screw will fuse with the bone, and it will be held in place. On top of the screw sits a crown, which is made to match your other teeth so no one will be able to tell the difference! A dental implant allows you to restore your all-natural smile. 

There are a few different types of implants that can be useful to fix your smile, such as: 

  • Single and multiple implants: These implants follow the process described above, they are used to fill a single gap or multiple gaps in a row. 
  • Implant-supported bridges: This type of implant is used to replace teeth that have fallen out in a row – they eliminate the need for multiple single implants and can restore your smile with ease.
  • Implant-retained dentures: This type of implant works well if you don’t have many of your natural teeth left. Your dentures will have a bar fitted that clips onto your implants that will be inserted into your jawbone during surgery. Because the dentures are secured in place with this clip, it makes them less likely to come loose and move around in your mouth. 

When is implant surgery needed? 

There are a few reasons that someone might end up having to have implants fitted, such as: If a patient has tooth loss caused by trauma, as well as natural decay or disease, if the patient is losing teeth due to lack of bone density within the jaw, or if it is needed to help support other implants like dentures or bridges. In general, if you have a tooth removed that is going to show when you smile, or you’re losing teeth due to one of the above issues, your dentist should suggest implants to you as a solution if you are eligible, but this does depend on a few different features which we will look at in more detail below. 

What are the benefits? 

If you’re thinking about having dental implant surgery but you’re not sure if it is the best option for you, there are a few benefits to consider when making your decision. When you lose a tooth, especially in an area that is noticeable within your smile, choosing a dental implant can give you a confidence boost and restore your self-esteem. They can also help you to enjoy your favourite foods again that you may have been avoiding due to difficulty chewing, as well as help to reduce the stress placed on your other teeth that must work harder and take the load of those that are missing. If you’re looking for a permanent solution, dental implant surgery could be advantageous to you and your oral health. 

Who can have them? 

Although dental implant surgery can be a great option in helping you re-establish your smile, it is not for everyone. You may not be eligible to have dental implant surgery if you have insufficient density of the jawbone – this is because your dental implant needs to fuse to the bone, and if there is not enough, the surgery may fail, but dentists can give the jawbone a boost with bone graft surgery. If you have gum disease, this can also result in the procedure failing, so this issue will have to be treated before you decide on an implant. 

Generally, if you have good health overall, you should be able to have dental implant surgery with little to no risks. Your dentist will be able to advise you on whether an implant is suitable, and which is the best to choose. 

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