What are dental implants?
Our teeth are made up of two parts;
- The part visible on the surface, the crown,
- The part inside (and not visible), the root.
Dental Implants are fundamentally the same thing;
- A porcelain or ceramic crown which is made in a dental lab.
- A metallic root (the implant), which the crown is placed onto- A dental implant is about the same size as the root of a natural tooth. It is positioned underneath the gum where the root of the tooth used to be.
Dental implants can:
- Replace a single tooth, without requiring support from neighbouring teeth.
- Replace multiple missing teeth, restoring your smile and bite.
- Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
- Replace a denture, with teeth that are fixed in place.
The benefits of dental implants
Dental implants are widely considered to be the most successful method of tooth replacement used today, because they give a number of benefits to patients.
A natural smile
A dental implant looks and feels just like your natural tooth. The colour, shape and contour of the new tooth can be made to match your remaining teeth. The result is a natural smile, that can bring back your confidence and quality of life.
Eat and speak normally
Did you have to forfeit some of your favourite dishes since you lost your teeth? Do you feel self-conscious talking to friends and work colleagues? Dental implants can bring back the full function of natural teeth. This means that no matter how hard, crunchy or sticky the food, dental implants can put it back on the menu for you. On top of that, they can restore your clear speech for the next networking event or social gathering.
Neighbouring teeth stay intact
Other restoration methods often require neighbouring teeth to be ground down to anchor the restoration in your mouth. Dental implants do not harm neighbouring teeth.
Stable and comfortable fit
Since dental implants are fixed to your jaw bone, they are usually more stable, more comfortable and long-lasting than other restorations. On top of that, dental implants are made of biocompatible materials, which means that your body can tolerate them.
A long-lasting and proven solution
Dental implants are very durable. With proper care and good oral hygiene, implants will last for many years or even a lifetime. Decades of research have gone into their functionality and stability, since the first patient received modern dental implants in 1965.
Implant treatment can be considered a long-term investment into your health and your well-being; fundamentally, they are an investment into your life. Compared to other restorations, costs can seem higher at first glance. However, higher maintenance costs, the potential increase in lost jaw bone, and, ultimately, the loss of even more teeth can make other restorations more expensive in the long run.
Restore Confidence in your smile!
Book a €50 consultation with our specialist implantologist Dr Wilson Grigolli today and talk to him about your options!
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