Dental implants have been a tooth replacement method since their appearance in the1960s, but recently their use in dentistry has become much more widespread. Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the root portion of a missing tooth. They can be placed either in the upper or the lower jaw. Titanium is a bone-friendly material that fuses with the natural jawbone and becomes a sturdy anchor for the replacement tooth, crown, bridge or dentures. With dental implants, you can replace from a single tooth to all 28 in your mouth.
At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, dental implants are a preferred tooth replacement option because they are long-lasting and reliable compared to conventional bridges and dentures. Dr Duncan Ralston has a special interest in implant restorations and is passionate about the numerous possibilities dental implants can provide.
Why choose dental implants
There are a number of reasons why you should consider dental implants in Leicester. Some of these include:
Missing teeth are responsible for jawbone shrinkage and this can make you look older. Dental implants are anchored to the jaw and provide support that helps maintain the shape of the bone.
Preserving your natural teeth
Dental bridges are a reliable tooth replacement option, but in order to be stabilised your dentist should ground down the surrounding teeth. Dental implants, on the other hand, protect your natural teeth.
A cost-effective, permanent solution
Dental implants are designed to last for life with proper care. When comparing cost against value, they are more cost-effective than bridges and dentures, which have to be replaced every few years.
Am I eligible?
Any adult or teenager who is missing one or more teeth due to face trauma, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants – the determining factor is the amount of healthy bone available. At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic we will evaluate whether you are a good candidate for dental implants during your consultation appointment.
Is age an issue?
Sometimes, elderly patients are concerned that their age might prohibitive for dental implants. However, health and not age is the determining factor for the success of dental implants in Leicester. If you are healthy enough to receive a dental operation, you are probably healthy enough to have dental implants.