What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small, tissue-compatible titanium fixtures, which are inserted into the jawbone. After a period of natural bonding, the implants serve as the ‘root’ anchor for new superstructure crowns bridges or dentures.
Dental Implants can give you new teeth that look and function just like the original. With implants you can eat anything you want and smile with complete confidence. They also help preserve your facial contours by preventing bone shrinkage, which occurs when teeth are missing.
Why Get an Implant?
When a tooth is lost or pulled out and not replaced, the surrounding teeth may start shifting if not treated. Additionally, the jawbone may begin to deteriorate, leading to a change in the face shape and overall facial appearance. Getting a dental implant prevents this from happening.
While other treatments like dentures or dental bridges are equally reliable solutions, they do not maintain the integrity of the jawbone like dental implants. Dental implants also have a very natural appearance, and they are known for their longevity. When you look after them well, they might even last as long as your natural teeth.
How Do I Know if I Need an Implant?
Lost or Loose Teeth: If you have one or more teeth that are either loose or already lost, affecting your chewing ability or the appearance of your smile, dental implants may be a a great option for replacing the affected teeth. Dental implants will strengthen the force of your bite and will prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting.
Loose Dentures or Bridges: If traditional dentures or bridges do not work for you, an implant may be a better option, providing both longevity and comfort.
Severely Damaged Tooth: If you have one or more teeth that are damaged beyond repair, you can consider dental implants to replace the affected teeth to give you both enhanced chewing ability and a natural-looking appearance.
Implants Available at Lion Heart Dental
As a Straumann partner, we exclusively use Straumann implants at our clinic. Straumann is a leading and globally recognised brand in the field of dental implants, known for its commitment to innovation, precision, and quality.
Straumann implants are crafted with Swiss precision, reflecting the brand's dedication to excellence in dental implantology. The manufacturing process adheres to rigorous quality standards, ensuring the highest level of precision and reliability.
Benefits of Getting a Dental Implant
Getting a dental implant offers numerous benefits for individuals seeking a permanent and effective solution for tooth replacement. Below are the key advantages of dental implants:
Natural Appearance: Dental implants closely resemble natural teeth in terms of appearance, providing a seamless and aesthetically pleasing result. The custom-made crown or restoration is designed to match the colour, shape, and size of the surrounding teeth.
Improved Chewing Functionality: Dental implants provide excellent chewing function and stability, allowing individuals to bite and chew with confidence. Unlike removable dentures, implants are firmly anchored in the jawbone, offering stability similar to natural teeth.
Speech Improvement: Unlike removable dentures, which may affect speech clarity, dental implants do not interfere with speech patterns. This enhances communication and overall confidence.
Preservation of Adjacent Teeth: Unlike traditional bridges, dental implants do not require the alteration or compromise of adjacent healthy teeth. This preservation of natural tooth structure contributes to long-term oral health.
Bone Preservation: Implants stimulate the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, helping to prevent bone loss and maintaining the integrity of the facial structure.
Long-Term Durability: Dental implants have a high success rate and are known for their durability. With proper care and maintenance, implants can last for many years, often a lifetime.
Comfort and Convenience: Dental implants eliminate the discomfort and inconvenience associated with removable dentures. There are no adhesives or special cleaning procedures required, providing a hassle-free experience.
Improved Oral Health: Dental implants support overall oral health by preventing the shifting of surrounding teeth and reducing the risk of gum disease. They also facilitate easier oral hygiene practices, as implants can be brushed and flossed like natural teeth.
While the initial investment in dental implants may be higher than alternative treatments, the long-term benefits, both functionally and aesthetically, make them a preferred choice for many individuals seeking a reliable and permanent solution for tooth replacement.