Dental implants are the perfect way to replace missing teeth. At Barnsley dental practice PDC Dental Implants, skilled implantologist Dr Alex Jones has helped many people from all walks of life to restore their smiles and their confidence with the help of implants.
What are dental implants?
In a nutshell, dental implants are bionic tooth roots. Our teeth comprise two parts: the crown that you can see and the root hidden beneath. Implants are little titanium screws that are put into the jaw bone to replace this root part; crowns, dentures or bridges are then attached on top to replace the visible part of the tooth.
Why dental implants?
At our Barnsley dental practice we are keen to extol the many virtues of dental implants. These include:
- Implants are the only permanent way to replace missing teeth.
- Implants and the attached restorations are the closest thing you can get to natural teeth. They look and act in much the same way, enabling you to smile, bite and chew with confidence.
- They help to prevent bone loss. When teeth have been missing for a considerable time period, it is common for the jaw bone to start to resorb. Implants integrate with the jaw bone and help to stop this happening.
- When one or a few teeth need to be replaced, implants do the job without any work being needed on your remaining natural teeth. Other options such as standard bridges require crowns or wings on adjacent teeth for support, which can weaken these teeth.
How does treatment work?
When you visit us at our Barnsley dental practice, you’ll be assessed for implant treatment. If you have suffered bone loss, you may require bone augmentation or treatment with zygomatic implants, which are longer than standard dental implants.
Implants are placed under local anaesthetic or sedation. New teeth may be attached immediately, or after a healing period of a few months.