Dental Implants are small, titanium-based, screw-shaped threaded cylinders that are placed into the bone in the upper (Maxillary) and/or lower (Mandibular) arches of the mouth. They are used to replace one or many missing teeth or to stabilize dentures. Titanium is an inert metal that is capable of creating a very tight bond with bone. Titanium is used in other operations such as knee or hip replacements — so it is a proven surgical component.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
Some of the benefits of Dental Implants include:
- Implants maintain, or realign, facial structure and profile, and preserve bone.
- Dental Implants are easy to clean and do not decay.
- Implants help to preserve adjacent natural teeth.
- Implant-supported crowns and bridges have a longer functioning life than conventional crowns and bridges placed over natural tooth structure.
- Implants help to prevent the appearance of premature aging due to bone loss.
- Patients who wear conventional full dentures often experience difficulty eating, speaking and smiling. Implant-supported dentures virtually eliminate embarrassing denture slippage. The implants ‘anchor’ the dentures.
- Implants are cost effective when taking into account the functioning life of the implant.