People who have beautiful teeth are considered to be happy, healthy and successful. Unfortunately, very few of us are naturally blessed with perfect smiles, and there is almost certainly something about our teeth that we would change. Smile makeovers are becoming increasingly common, and dental implants are quickly becoming the gold standard of treatment. Stable, strong, discreet and outstandingly beautiful, they really can transform the appearance of your teeth and give your confidence a tremendous boost.
Although once considered a treatment only for the wealthy or elite, today dental implants are accessible and affordable for a wide variety of patients. Interested? Of course you are, so let’s find out more.
What are dental implants
Dental implants are a restorative solution that is both functional and cosmetic. If you have lost one or multiple teeth as a result of decay or trauma, then dental implants can replace those that are missing and complete your smile. However, because implants can be created in any shape, size, and color you desire, they are a popular choice for purely cosmetic treatments, with some patients choosing to replace every natural tooth in their mouth with an implant.
The anatomy of an implant
Dental implants are comprised of three components. The visible portion of the tooth is a porcelain crown, that is custom-designed to fit in with your other teeth in terms of size, shape, and color. The crown is attached to an abutment, which then connects it to the hidden part of the implant – a titanium post which is embedded into the jaw bone. This post is crucial to the structure of the implant as over time it fuses to the bone in a process called osseointegration, which makes it the most secure and stable fitting of any dental restoration.
The benefits of dental implants
Dental implants have a number of unique advantages over other restorative solutions that help make them so popular among our patients.
Strong and durable
The process of osseointegration helps to secure the implant firmly in place. It is a permanent solution that can withstand extensive day to day use without