A dental implant is a metal rod that has an internal screw or clip (abutment) that can hold a false tooth (or teeth) in place. Implants are usually made of titanium. Over several months, your jawbone will fuse with the titanium rod and then denture, crowns or bridges can be attached to the implant to replace your missing teeth.
One implant can support one or more replacement teeth. In your upper jaw you would need at least six implants to replace all your teeth and you would need between four and six implants in your lower jaw.
Having dental implants will involve at least one minor operation and you need to have healthy gums and a good standard of oral hygiene. Some dentists won’t offer you dental implants if you smoke as it can affect the outcome of the treatment. Implants are less likely to be successful if you have a medical condition such as diabetes or osteoporosis or you have had chemotherapy. Ask your dentist if implants are an option for you.
Tired of Your Loose Denture?
Millions of people around the world are missing enough teeth to require the use of a denture. Many struggle with loose or poor fitting dentures. If you have this problem, you already know the embarrassment of slipping dentures, not being able to eat the foods you love, and the problems with messy denture adhesives.