Dental implants have certainly got people talking, but what are they and could they be of benefit to you? Dental implants are a relatively new solution for patients with missing teeth; they are designed to replace lost teeth by taking on the role of the tooth root. Implants, which are made from titanium, are implanted into small openings in the jaw bone; these openings act as sockets and secure the implants in place. Once the implants are inside the sockets, they integrate into the jaw bone tissue, replacing the missing tooth root. Once the osseointegration stage is complete, the implant can then be attached to a new crown, denture or dental bridge. Implants are advantageous because they offer a solution for patients of all ages with varying dental needs; this treatment could be a great match for an 18 year old who has had a tooth knocked out playing rugby or an older person who has several missing teeth and is searching for a more stable and functional alternative to traditional dentures. As implants are compatible with bridges, dentures and crowns, this means that they can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth. As well as offering versatility, implants also offer exceptionally high standards of functionality, amazingly natural looking aesthetics, durability and increased stability for the new restorations. Unlike other treatments, such as bridges and dentures, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime and once treatment is complete, you care for them in exactly the same way as natural teeth. Implants are suitable for most patients; occasionally, if there is insufficient bone mass in the jaw, grafting may be recommended to build up the density of the jaw bone. If you think dental implants could be the perfect solution for you, call now and book your consultation!