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11 July 2012

If I have missing teeth, how can implants help me?

An implant can be considered an artificial tooth made of a titanium metal rod. Implants are placed into the jawbone and replace missing teeth. They are used to support one or more teeth. Implants are a well-established, tried and tested treatment. Over 95% of modern implants should last for over fifteen years with the right care.

Implants are used to replace a missing tooth, or to replace a tooth that needs extraction. If a gap is left from a missing tooth, not only can it be unsightly but also the teeth on either side can tip into it over time, causing problems with the bite and in some cases, gum disease. Whilst partial dentures can be used to replace missing teeth, implants are usually a much better option since dentures can hasten the loss of the remaining natural teeth. Also implants are fixed and are much stronger.

Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?

It depends on the condition of your jawbone and whether there is enough bone to support the implants. You will need a thorough evaluation and some tests to see if you are suitable for this treatment. There are many techniques available and it is a matter of choosing the correct one for you.

Implants can be used on their own or to support other dental treatments such as bridges or dentures. They enable you to have chewing surfaces which are strong and robust. This especially applies to loose dentures. Implants can be used to stabilize them and help you to avoid embarrassing situations.

Implants are not taken out like dentures; they form part of your jaw structure. Therefore it is like replacing missing teeth.

If you have missing teeth or gaps in your mouth, perhaps implants may be able to improve your life and make eating and drinking more comfortable for you. Also, improve your smile at the same time.

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