What is a dental implant and how does it work?
Dental implants are revolutionary devices considered by many to be the “gold standard” for replacing missing teeth. They are extremely versatile and can be used to replace a single tooth, several missing teeth or even supporting a complete arch of replacement teeth.
A dental implant consists of three main components; the implant itself, an abutment and the crown which replaces the missing tooth.
The implant is a precision made titanium rod which is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the missing tooth. Over a period of time, typically 3 – 6 months, the titanium rod bonds with the natural jawbone creating an extremely solid foundation for supporting a dental restoration above it. Once the bonding is complete, an abutment (support collar) is added to the implant, followed by the dental crown above it.
Implants look and feel extremely natural and allow you to eat and smile again with full confidence! The crown itself will be made to match the colour and shape of your natural teeth so no-one will notice your replacement teeth.
Dental implants offer many advantages over other restorations such as bridges or dentures. Because they are permanently fixed in place and very strong, you don’t have to worry about slippage and discomfort or needing to avoid certain types of foods. Sticky toffees and crunchy apples present no problems for implants!
The benefits of dental implants:
- Natural looking and feeling
- Extremely strong – eat what you want with confidence
- No more gaps – smile confidently again
- Last a long time – 20 years and often more is typical
- Will not decay
- Does not require the preparation of adjacent teeth as with a bridge
- Preserves the natural underlying jaw bone
- No loose and uncomfortable dentures
Are you ready to smile and eat again with complete confidence? If so, we invite you to get in touch with the team at Valley Implant Clinic in Anglesey to arrange your consultation. You are just one step away from starting the short journey back to full smile confidence!