Dental implants have been used over the years to fill gaps in teeth as well as replace badly decayed teeth. Missing teeth could be the result of an accident, gum disease, or age-related dental problems. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants are attached to the jawbone and create a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
Dental implants in Birmingham are a popular treatment option for adults of all ages and are available in selected dental practices, including Sutton Implant Clinic. Modern dental implants can last for many years and are easy to take care of.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are substitute tooth roots that are used to replace natural tooth roots in any area of the mouth where a tooth is missing. Dental implants are made of titanium, a material that is easily accepted by the body. Just like natural teeth, dental implants are attached to the jawbone.
Typically, an abutment is connected to the top of the implant, and extends through the gum. Replacement teeth are then connected to the abutments in a variety of ways. Dental implants provide a strong and solid foundation for replacement teeth such as crowns, dentures and bridges.
With a success rate of greater than 95%, dental implants have the best long-term prognosis of any method of tooth replacement.
Are dental implants in Birmingham right for everyone?
Dental implants are a viable option for replacing one, several or many missing teeth. This remarkable advancement in dental treatment has dramatically changed the quality of life for many patients. However, dental implants may not be the best treatment option for everyone. Patients who have active gum disease or tooth decay will need to receive treatment prior to the implant operation.
Likewise, smokers and heavy drinkers cannot have dental implants unless they moderate these habits, because it is likely that dental implants can be compromised. Lastly, patients with long-term illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease, need to have their condition stabilised before they have dental implants. Each patient is examined on an individual basis so that the dentist can check for such issues.