Dental implants are small titanium screws that are anchored directly into the jawbone, to act as an artificial tooth root and a base for a dental crown, to replace missing teeth. One implant can be used as a base for one or more teeth but as it is the only dental substitution that replaces the whole of the missing tooth and not just the crown, it provides a level of stability missing with other replacements.
The implants are placed into the jawbone and given several weeks to fuse with the tissue and bone in a process called osseointergaration. Once the implants are fused solid with the tissue, the dentist will then attach posts which can be used as the base for an artificial tooth. Dental implants are the sturdiest dental substitutions and allow patients to live their lives exactly as they would with a complete set of real teeth. This is not the case with other dental replacements such as dental bridges and partial dentures. These can be more fragile and prohibit the eating of certain foods.
It is also possible to have a series of mini-implants, usually five, to act as a solid base for dentures. The dentures are fitted with clips which can snap on and off to the implants. This keeps dentures firmly in place and removes the need for messy denture adhesive gels and strips.
Dental implants from Swindon dentists may be more costly than other dental replacements but again unlike bridges and dentures, a dental implant will last for the rest of your life and not need to be replaced. This will almost certainly be cheaper in the long run.