A few decades ago, the only remedy to losing a tooth (or teeth) was having removable dentures or a fixed bridge. Many patients have found them a lot of trouble to maintain, and not always all that comfortable to wear either. Thankfully, dentistry has come a long way and patients with missing teeth can now take advantage of dental implants.
Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants are permanently fixed to the jawbone and create a sturdy foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like real teeth. If you’re considering dental implants, you probably have plenty of questions about whether they are right for you. Dr Joe Bhat will help you find all of the answers you need to make the best decision.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the empty socket created by a missing tooth. This way they act as replacement tooth roots. Once they are inserted into the bone, dental implants bond with the bone tissue and after a few weeks (or months) they are read to have replacement teeth attached to them.
How many teeth can be supported by dental implants?
Dental implants are quite versatile, as they can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth or even an entire arch of missing teeth. If you are missing only one tooth, Dr Joe Bhat will recommend a single dental implant. Patients with several missing teeth in a row can benefit from implant-supported bridges, whereas patients who have lost all of their natural teeth can opt for implant-supported dentures.
Am I eligible for dental implants?
Dr Joe Bhat will examine your teeth carefully and help you decide whether you are eligible for dental implants. Generally, most patients can have dental implants as long as they are healthy and do not suffer from considerable bone loss in their jaw. Patients with certain medical problems such as diabetes or heart disease may still be eligible for dental implants as long as their condition is stabilised prior to implant surgery.
To learn more about the implant services offered by Dr Joe Bhat, contact us today.