The earlier gum or tooth disease is managed the greater the chance of retaining teeth Unfortunately in some cases it is very difficult to save certain teeth. Only then would a replacement be discussed with you (see rehabilitation). The mains replacements available include a denture, a bridge or a dental implant.
Dental implants are used to replace a space or gap in the mouth where a tooth has been lost. Ideally your teeth are the best designed to allow you to function and smile. A dental implant would only be considered when a tooth or teeth have gone beyond hope to retain.
A dental implant is a titanium root (screw like) that is placed within the jaw bone to act as an prosthetic root. Titanium is biocompatible which means the body integrates on to the tooth surface over a period time which then gives us the foundation to then place a crown bridge or denture into the implant surface.
Primary criteria to be suitable for dental implants includes no aspect of gum disease and enough volume of bone to place an implant. Once these have been satisfied then there is a further list of secondary criteria that are to be assessed.
Loss of teeth can affect function and aesthetics as well as affecting the confidence of an individual. Dental impalnts provide a solution that does not involve adjusting or cutting down healthy adjacent teeth, while also providing a fixed solution without the need of removable dentures. They can also help to preserve bone present which can be lost as part of a normal physiological process after tooth extraction.
The placement of dental implants involves a long-term maintenance programme that mean excellent home care, and regular professional monitoring.