Implant surgery is a modern alternative to traditional dentures
For replacing missing teeth, implant surgery offers better-looking and easier to manage results for many people.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed directly into or on top of the jaw bone. Implants have several advantages over dentures:
Dentures might need to be supported by healthy teeth, and can end up damaging them. Implants don’t need this kind of support.
Dentures can come loose, or trap food, require special creams and adhesives to manage, and can interfere with your ability to speak and eat if they don’t fit properly. Implants have none of these problems.
Dental implant surgery can be done in one visit, or it may require several visits, depending on the condition of your mouth and jawbone. You will need to wear a protective cover for a few months to protect the implant while it heals and bonds with the bone.
Implants do require a commitment to good oral hygiene to keep the artificial tooth clean and in good shape, and they may not be appropriate for smokers or patients who grind their teeth. Your dentist can help you explore whether implant surgery is the right way to replace your missing teeth.