Dental Implants are a permanent tooth replacement cosmetic dental solution that gives you the function, feel and look of natural teeth. Dental implants are long lasting, extremely durable and colour-matched to your existing teeth for a completely natural appearance.
Your dentist will determine if you are an appropriate candidate for dental implants through a consultation and thorough examination. The examination will establish whether you have sufficient jaw bone material to hold the implant and if you adjacent teeth are healthy and free of decay.
Dental implants consist of a tiny titanium cylinder that acts as a ‘root’ for your replacement tooth. Titanium is used because of its ability to naturally bond with bone material and create an extremely stable core for your replacement tooth. Once your titanium ‘root’ has bonded and healed, your replacement tooth, which has been created by experts dental lab technicians to match your natural teeth, is set on the new root. This combination of root and tooth crown produces a replacement tooth that is as strong as your natural teeth.
Dental implants require the same kind of care as your natural teeth, needing to be brushing regularly, as plaque can still form on them like it does on the rest of your teeth. If plaque is not removed regularly it can irritate your gums and cause gum disease or even infection.
Dental implants may require several visits to complete. Your dentist will advise you of each step of the process in your consultation.