Essentially, a dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is integrated into a candidate’s jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge (multiple teeth). They’re a popular choice for patients who have lost a tooth/teeth due to periodontal disease or the impact from an injury.
Dental implants are different to other tooth replacement solutions, offering a wealth of benefits. Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanently integrated into the structure of the jawbone. This means that patients who have dental implants can speak clearly and eat normally without fear of their replacement teeth falling out.
Dental implants are also very comfortable. They are secure and there’s no need to put up with messy glues or clicks from wobbly dentures. But perhaps the greatest point of difference for dental implants is practicality.
Traditional fixed bridgework relies on neighbouring teeth for support, whereas dental implants do not. This ultimately protects the quality of adjacent teeth which don’t have to be altered for the dental implant to exist; a plus for long term oral health. It also provides better access for cleaning between teeth.
Since dental implants are intimately connected to the jawbone, it also prevents gum recession and bone loss that is often associated with dentures and bridgework. Which makes dental implants a cost effective option in the long term.
Schedule a consultation with The Sydney Implant Institute today if you have any questions or concerns regarding missing teeth, or have recently lost a tooth.