A dental implant is a screw, usually made from titanium, that is used to replace the root of a missing tooth. The implant is screwed into the jaw where it provides a solid foundation for a crown, bridge or other dental prosthesis that replaces one or more missing teeth.
Implants have high success rates and there are reports that have assessed their performance over a period of more that 35 years. Recent studies indicate that 90 per cent of implants placed ten years ago are still functional today.
Implants can not only improve appearance but can also improve chewing function, as Implants attach to bone and stay fixed in position, they also allow you to smile comfortably and naturally.
Loss of one or more teeth in a segment of your mouth can lead to drifting of the neighboring teeth. As teeth drift, they may create discrepancies in the height and contours of the gum tissue that predispose adjacent teeth to periodontal disease and/or dental decay from accumulation of plaque. Drifting teeth can also adversely affect the occlusion (bite), as well as the overall aesthetics of your face and smile. Dental implants can replace missing teeth and in this way may help preserve your remaining teeth.
There is usually no restriction age wise when considering implants once facial growth is complete and you are in good health with no other contraindications for oral surgery. In fact, in most cases no increase in the rate of failures has been reported in patients over 80.
We carry out our Implant procedures in the comfort of our dental surgery here in Naas, please ask for further information.