What Is A Dental Implant?

2011 November 15
by sponna

A Dental implant is a natural-looking substitute for a missing tooth. Dental Implants can be useful in cases where a tooth or several teeth have been lost, either as a result of
injury, gum disease or natural loss of teeth as a result of old age.

As a treatment choice over dentures, dental implants provide several advantages such as greater stability and permanence, improved speech and a restoration of oral function such as eating and drinking. The permanence of dental implants eliminates the worry of wearing and removing them time and again, unlike dentures which often require messy adhesives and daily cleaning and maintenance.

Oral functions that are often taken for granted with natural teeth can be restored to an individual who may have had to live with missing teeth and compromised function. The consumption of food and drink is also improved often leading to a better quality of life.

One of the other benefits of dental implants is that they can help restore self belief and self esteem. Many people may become withdrawn and avoid smiling, talking and socialising due to missing teeth, but a dental implant can help restore confidence by providing a good substitute for natural looking teeth.

Once a dental implants has integrated, they look, feel and function very much like normal teeth.

A dental assessment with an implant specialist is recommended before deciding whether an implant could be the treatment option to suit you.

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