When you lose one or more teeth, any noticeable gaps can spoil the appearance of your smile. As well as feeling self-conscious about your looks, the loss of teeth can also affect your speech and dental health.
Without a full set of teeth, you may avoid some of your favourite meals. Anything too chewy or crunchy might cause problems, and some foods may get trapped in the gap.
Although dentures are a common option for replacing lost teeth, they lack firm foundations. The ultimate solution for replacing missing teeth is dental implants.
In this guide, we’ll look at how dental implants work and answer some of the most common questions our patients ask.
Dental implants are small screws that fix replacement teeth to your jawbone. You can think of implants as new roots for your teeth. Just like your natural roots, implants fuse with your jaw to provide a firm anchor for your smile.
After placing a dental implant, we can cap it off with a lifelike custom-made replacement tooth.
We use titanium implants. This metal is the preferred choice for several reasons. Titanium is lightweight, biocompatible, and very durable. It’s used in many industries, including medicine, air and space flight, and construction.
Once your titanium implant has fused to your jaw through osseointegration, it won’t corrode and should last for life.
All-on-4 implants are a revolutionary technology that replaces multiple teeth in one day. While standard implants require prolonged periods of recovery, the techniques used in All-on-4 surgery give you a new smile that day.
We use four to six implants placed strategically across your jaw. The rear implants are positioned at an angle to access more of the jaw. Once in place, we’ll fit a set of bespoke, natural-looking teeth.
There are several reasons why so many people choose dental implants.
Dental implants are the gold standard for replacing teeth. A single tooth can be replaced with a crown and implant, and we can replace several teeth at once using All-on-4 implants. Dental implants are ideal for anyone who:
Before we can place dental implants, we’ll need to check they are right for you. We’ll take scans of your jaw to assess your bone density. If bone resorption has already occurred, you may need a bone graft procedure to help rebuild lost density before you can have dental implants.
You need to be in good general health to get implants. We need to know your bone will heal fully and certain health conditions could impede your recovery.
We’ll place traditional dental implants in several stages. This is because your jaw needs time to heal and accept the implant. It can take several months for the bone and titanium implant to integrate. Between stages, we’ll give you a temporary restoration so your smile can remain complete. All-on-4s are placed in a single appointment.
Although dental implant surgery is complex, we manage any pain and discomfort with anaesthetic. If you’re nervous about receiving this life-changing treatment, we can provide sedation. This helps you relax fully by putting you into a dreamlike state.
At GM Dental and Implant Centre, we place high-quality, smile-enhancing implants using the latest clinically-tested techniques.
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