Dental implants are becoming increasingly popular and are an excellent way to replace one or more missing teeth. They are small titanium screws which are placed directly into the jaw bone as an artificial replacement for the roots of the missing teeth.
The implants can then be used to support crowns, bridges or to secure a denture.
Are implants safe and how long will they last?
Implants are a safe, well-established treatment. How well you look after your implants – and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last.
If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.
I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?
Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.
Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
It depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to find out the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may still be possible to place implants with grafting bone into the area first.