Almost certainly yes! In fact, dental implants are great for replacing single teeth as they will have a positive effect on your dental health. They help preserve your jawbone, will ensure your remaining natural teeth cannot move out of place and will ensure all the forces created during biting and chewing are evenly spread across all your teeth, reducing the chance of wear and tear damage on other teeth. Another thing to bear in mind is that a dental bridge (an alternative to implants) will mean shaping the teeth adjacent to the gap so they can be crowned to support the bridge. Unless these teeth are damaged and would benefit from crowns, we’ll need to remove healthy tooth structure that will never naturally be replaced. Whenever possible, we like to preserve your healthy teeth.
If you are missing multiple teeth, dental implants can be a longer-lasting way to replace them. You do not need to replace every single tooth with an implant, as multiple teeth can be supported by a few well-placed implants. Our dentist here at Redcliffe Dental can talk to you about how many implants are required, possible techniques and treatments, the costs and answer any of your questions before any treatment is done.
We can provide you with temporary teeth during treatment that are for cosmetic purposes. You need not worry about being left unable to smile! As soon as your implants have fused with your jawbone, we’ll create your new teeth.
Yes, as dental implants closely replicate natural tooth roots, stimulating your jawbone so it continues to remain healthy and strong. When a natural tooth and its root are removed, the surrounding bone no longer receives any stimulation and over time the bone gradually reabsorbs, becoming flatter and thinner. This can have a destabilising effect on any remaining teeth and makes denture retention increasingly tricky. If you are considering dental implants, it’s worth getting them done soon after losing your natural teeth and before you have any significant bone loss or moving of other teeth.