What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. Unlike a dental bridge, which relies on neighbouring teeth for support, dental implants are a permanent solution.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants have a number of benefits over other tooth replacement options, including:
- They look and feel like natural teeth
- They are a permanent solution, meaning they will not need to be replaced
- They are more secure than other tooth replacement options, meaning they are less likely to slip or move
- They do not require any preparation of the neighbouring teeth
How are dental implants placed?
Dental implants are placed in a two-stage process. The first stage involves the surgical placement of the implant into the jawbone. The second stage, which takes place a few months later, involves the attachment of the replacement tooth or bridge to the implant.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants are a very safe and effective tooth replacement option. However, as with any surgical procedure, there is always a small risk of complications. Your dentist will be able to discuss the risks associated with dental implants with you in detail.
If you have dental implants, you need to take good care of them to keep them healthy and functioning properly. Here are some tips on how to care for dental implants:
- Brush your teeth and implants at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Floss your teeth and implants at least once a day.
- Use a mouth rinse to help keep your teeth and implants clean.
- Avoid eating hard or sticky foods that could damage your implants.
- See your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
- If you have any problems or concerns with your dental implants, contact your dentist right away.