Lifelike dental implant from Sunbury dentist
Dental implants are the most realistic and effective dental substitutions. They are the perfect solution for patients who have suffered the trauma of a knocked out tooth or a tooth lost to infection, who still retain a strong jawbone.
Missing teeth can be very embarrassing and also the source of dental health complications such as misaligned teeth and excessive bacteria build up. It is therefore very important to try and replace missing teeth as soon as possible with a dental restoration. There are a number of these available, including dental bridges and partial dentures. It is the dental implant however, that provides the most solid and lifelike alternative to a real tooth.
The implant itself comes in the shape of a small titanium screw. This is drilled into the jawbone in a process that sounds a lot more unpleasant than it actually is. It is then left to fuse with the surrounding tissue in a process called osseointergration. Once this has bonded, it can then be used as a base for a post and artificial crown. In this way, a dental implant replaces the whole of the tooth from top to bottom, unlike every other dental restoration.
Dental implants are permanent and less likely to suffer damage than other more temporary replacements. They should be treated and cleaned exactly like normal teeth in order to preserve their functionality. It is also possible to have a series of smaller implants fitted to act as a base for a set of dentures. By clipping dentures to mini-implants you can alleviate the annoyance and anxiety of loose dentures or dentures prone to falling out. It also makes eating certain foods a lot easier and removes the need for messy denture adhesives. Ask your Sunbury dentist about your suitability for a dental implant.