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Dental implants can vary from single tooth replacement to a complete upper and lower arch replacement. The implant looks a bit like a screw and acts in place of your missing tooth roots in order to support artificial teeth. After some time, bone will grow around the implant; this assists in holding it in place. The implants are made of strong and durable titanium and the crowns are made usually of high-grade porcelain fused to precious metals such as gold.
Unlike dentures, implants provide a much more lasting and comfortable solution as they look and feel like having natural teeth and do not need to be moved or removed. By maintaining excellent dental hygiene, dental implants won’t wear out or require a need to be replaced for well over a decade.
They enable you to speak naturally, chew easily and improve your appearance as they match your natural teeth and will stop your cheeks and face shape from changing as they would with missing teeth.
This option is not available to anyone who has missing teeth. In order to get undergo this procedure and get dental implants, you need to meet certain requirements. Suitability for dental implants depends on factors such as:
The pre-surgery evaluations are extremely important as every person’s mouth is different. Some health conditions mean your jaw will not be able to support an implant or the bone growth needed to help it heal and stay in place over time.
If you are not in good general health and oral health, do not have enough bone in your jaw or suffer from certain conditions, the procedure can be unsuccessful and lead to complications.
This procedure is not suitable for children or patients whose jaw is still developing.