It’s a sad truth that many of us are not happy with the way our smiles look. Some people are so embarrassed by the look of their teeth that they feel they must cover their mouths, rarely smile, or avoid social contact altogether.
One of the biggest reasons for people not being happy with their smiles is missing teeth, or a gap in the teeth which significantly affects the look of a person’s smile. Gaps or missing teeth can seriously affect your confidence, but they don’t have to affect the rest of your life. Dental implants are a great solution for fixing gaps or replacing missing teeth, and the results are so seamless that afterwards your smile will look as good – if not better – than new.
About Dental Implants
There are many types of dental implants, the most widely used of which are comprised of three parts; an artificial root made from titanium, a connector, and the artificial tooth itself which is made of ceramics. The implants themselves are available in two sizes; regular and mini – the latter differing from the former in that it is much smaller (akin to a toothpick) and utilises a rubber ring which behaves like a socket.
The ceramic crown which is attached to a dental implant is the part which will be seen in your mouth. Crowns are shaped to look just like real teeth and are carefully colour matched to your existing teeth for a natural finish. Many people choose to have their teeth whitened in conjunction with having a dental implant fitted, so their finished smile will be instantaneously perfect.
How Dental Implants Work
The first part of the process of fitting a dental implant will involve your dental practitioner placing the artificial root directly into the bone of your jaw. This will involve drilling into your jaw under a local anaesthetic. Discomfort during this procedure is mild and almost all patients report no problems. Once the root is placed an amount of time will be given to allow the bone to grow onto the surface of the implant, after which a crown or crowns may be attached. In the case of mini dental implants a crown will be attached immediately. Mini crowns have a very high survival rate, which makes them a popular choice for many patients.
Considerations for Dental Implants
Dental implant surgery is only viable if the patient has enough good quality bone in their jaw to be able to support the implant. Patients who indulge in activities which may be harmful to their gums – such as smoking – are also less likely candidates for dental implants and may have required one in the first instance due to poor gum quality.
The cost of being fitted with dental implants varies from person to person and can depend on a number of factors, such as how many implants you’ll need, whether your jawbone is strong enough – some patients opt for bone graft surgery at extra cost – and the type and location of practitioner you go to for your dental implant surgery.