A smile is one of our greatest assets – it’s one of the first things that people will notice about us, and it’s something that we should be able to show off with confidence. So, perhaps it’s not surprising that more and more people are turning to dental implants in order to achieve a beautiful smile.
Dental implants are definitive replacements for missing or failing teeth – and, if you’re concerned about the state of your smile, they’re often the next best thing to your natural teeth! The implants are titanium screws, which replace the tooth root. They are incredibly versatile and can be used to replace single teeth, several teeth, or even as part of a complete reconstruction. But will dental implants work for you?
The good news is that dental implants will work for the vast majority of people, especially those with a good level of general health. However, if you are a heavy smoker or drinker, you may be more susceptible to problems, especially when it comes to the healing process. If you think that your smile would benefit from implant treatment, it’s well worth discussing it with your dentist.
I’m missing a tooth, will dental implants work for me?
Absolutely! Implants can be inserted into the jawbone in a number of different ways. Traditionally, the implant is inserted after a tooth has been extracted and the socket has fully healed. The implant will be left to heal underneath the gum for around three to four months. It will then be uncovered and a post, and a porcelain crown will be attached. Once your dentist is finished, it should look just like your existing teeth!
I’m missing all of my teeth, will implants work for me?
Yes, dental implants can work for people with no teeth just as well as they can for those who have just one or two teeth missing. And, because the implants can be joined or splinted together with bridges, it isn’t always necessary to replace each tooth individually. It’s worth remembering, however, that the more implants you have, the more fixed and natural your teeth will look.
I’ve lost quite a lot of bone in my jaw, will dental implants work for me?
Whether it’s due to infection, shrinkage of bone following extractions, or the wearing of a denture, there will occasionally not be enough bone to allow the implant to be placed in the ideal location.
When this happens, there are however a number of different solutions – the bone can be widened using specialist techniques at the time of the implant placement, or the bone can be rebuilt using a bone graft. Alternatively, a small amount of artificial bone can be used to enhance your jawbone or some of your own bone can be taken from another part of your mouth or, in rare cases, even from other parts of your body. You should be aware, however, that this is extremely unusual!