Implant dentistry involves replacing a lost tooth or lost teeth with a dental implant. This can range from a single tooth replacement to the full restoration of the patient’s smile depending on the individual’s needs and condition.
Dental implants differ from dentures or bridges in that rather than being removable or supported by surrounding healthy teeth, they are surgically implanted into the patient’s jaw bone. This is done by implanting a titanium support screw into the jaw itself and allowing it to heal. Once that’s been accomplished a supporting abutment and artificial tooth are installed onto the titanium support. This gives the patient a replacement tooth that looks and functions like the real thing.
Implant dentistry offers a number of advantages over other approaches. Implants are less awkward to wear and clean than dentures and offer a more permanent solution than bridges or crowns. They prevent issues commonly associated with those approaches such as sore spots, gagging, excess salivation, or difficulty speaking and eating. Just like a real tooth, dental implants can last a lifetime if properly cared for.
At Hampstead Dental, we build the different parts of the implant on a custom basis for each patient. If you feel dental implants might be right for you, get in touch and make an appointment so we can discuss your options.