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4 Aug 2015

A Quick Look at Dental Implants


What are dental implants? Dental implants support replacement crowns and are effectively metal posts which fit directly into a person's jawbone. They hold artificial crowns in place just as teeth’s roots hold natural crowns. Dental implants are typically made of titanium and can last for the rest of the wearer’s life, if good oral hygiene is maintained.

What are the reasons for getting dental implants?

Dental implants make excellent replacements for teeth that may have been lost or damaged through accidents or sudden impact; or through illness, tooth decay or root infections.

Implants also serve as a fixed alternative to removable dentures, especially if the mouth has shrunk and can no longer support conventional dentures.

Dental implants can also support crowns, bridges, and dentures, as well as individual replacement teeth.

Replacing all teeth will typically require a minimum of six implants in the upper jaw and a minimum of 4 operations in the lower jaw. It will take several months before the titanium rod and jawbone begin to fuse for a lasting support. A person must have healthy gums and a strong enough jawbone before dental implants can be fitted.

It is best to see a skilled private dentist for an implant, as a private practice can fit consultations and subsequent procedures at short notice, while NHS treatment can take a long time to materialize.

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I had no idea that dental implants could be so useful. It's cool that they help with supporting so many different things. I didn't know that they could support crowns and bridges, and even dentures. I always thought it was just for replacing teeth, but now I know! They do so much more.


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