Whether due to unfortunate circumstances or neglect of one’s oral hygiene, the loss of permanent tooth or teeth can have a serious emotional and health impact on people. Dental implants are the next best thing to having natural teeth. Nowadays, more people opt for dental implants as the treatment of choice over a traditional bridge or a removable denture. Dental implants can replace a single tooth to an entire mouth. They are no longer viewed as experimental and/or an expensive treatment option. Rather, dental implants are a conservative, patient friendly treatment alternative to traditional bridge or removable dentures that is affordable, restores confidence and gives many individuals the ability to enjoy their food again!
Most dental implants can be placed in only one, easy appointment and left to heal for 6 to 12 weeks. Subsequently, a permanent restoration is placed, usually with a crown or an implant supported bridge.
In cases where the implants are to replace missing teeth that would otherwise be restored by a conventional bridge, existing teeth neighbouring the bridge are spared from the aggressive procedure of being cut down so that an abutment crown can be placed on them to hold the bridge.
The biggest advantage of implants is that that they offer a non-removable solution to patients who desire something permanent in their mouth leaving them worry free about losing a denture or the self-consciousness associated with having a foreign object in the mouth. This usually results in increased self-confidence, improved chewing and taste perception (since the palate is not covered), resulting in healthier and happier patients!