Whatever the reason, your teeth need to be replaced both for functional and aesthetic reasons. Dental implants are popular because they provide a long term fixed solution, slow down bone loss and avoid the need to prepare and cut healthy teeth for bridgework.
A dental implant is actually an artificial replacement for the root portion of your natural tooth and is anchored into a prepared socket in your jaw bone to support a crown, bridge or secure a denture firmly in place. Implants are made from titanium as it is well tolerated by the body and integrates easily with bone tissue. During the placement of a dental implant, the goal is to achieve a close contact between the outer surface of the implant and the surrounding bone tissue, so they can fuse together (a process known as osseointegration) and create a stable support for the new teeth. An ‘abutment’ or small post is then screwed into the implant. This post can be made from gold or a tooth coloured material called Zirconium (a substance also known as white steel). The post then has a tooth-coloured crown placed on top that is aesthetically pleasing and almost as strong as a natural tooth, giving a look that is almost indistinguishable from the real thing.
Senova use the latest materials and techniques when placing implants, giving impressively long-lasting, natural-looking results. Have a chat with your dentist today about whether they are the right option for you.
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