Want to replace missing tooth? Ask Molesey dentist about dental implants

Do you have a missing tooth you are looking to replace? Then you may want to consider having a dental implant. These are small titanium screws that are placed directly into the jawbone to act as a base for an artificial tooth. Unlike other dental restorations, dental implants are the only dental substitute to restore the whole of the missing tooth from root to crown. This makes them the most stable and realistic alternative to a real tooth and explains why they are fast becoming the restoration of choice for many patients.

Although dental implants are more expensive than other tooth substitutes, they do not need to be replaced and once implanted they will last for the rest of your life. Because they are so stable, it also means that you will not have to worry abut eating certain foods and the risk this can pose to other less permanent solutions such as dental bridges and partial dentures.

The procedure involves drilling a whole into the jawbone and screwing in the implant. Once in, it will then be left for a period of time to fuse with bone and tissue until it is thoroughly set in the jaw. It can then be used to attach a post and finally a suitable dental crown chosen to match the size and colour of the existing teeth.

Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth and in the case of many missing teeth it is even possible to use several mini-implants to act as a solid base for a set of dentures. The dentures can be clipped on and off to the mini-implants removing the need to use sticky and messy denture adhesives. Molesey dentists can offer more information about the benefits of dental implants at your next appointment.