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What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and can last a lifetime with correct maintenance.

Dental Implants are the new standard of care for tooth replacement. Dental Implants are made with titanium and are highly biocompatible which allows the implant to bond with healthy bone. This is called osseointegration and is achieved in 95-98% of cases.

This process of osseointegration takes about 3 months at which time they are ready to be used to provide permanent support for dental crowns, bridges and dentures.

Why should you replace missing teeth?

The rationale for replacing missing teeth depends on which tooth has been lost and its importance from a functional perspective. Back teeth are important from a functional perspective, whilst front teeth have more aesthetic considerations.

The loss of your back teeth can lead to:

  • Decrease in chewing ability
  • Increase pressure on the neighbouring teeth which can precipitate further issues with them especially in people who have wear on their teeth or whose teeth have been compromised by the placement of large restorations previously
  • Migration of neighbouring teeth. This is especially the case with the loss of the lower first molar which acts like a pillar in the mouth. When it is lost the teeth around it migrate especially the upper first molar which drops down into void. This creates poor contact points with the teeth in front and behind, over time this predisposes these teeth to gum disease and decay
  • The second molar on the bottom drops into this space also. This creates a destructive contact on its opposing tooth. If the opposing tooth has been compromised by a large restoration, this can lead to its fracture
  • Loss of the bone occurs overtime due to lack of stimulation from chewing forces. We can place implants where teeth have been missing for decades but it can involve the need for bone and soft tissue grafting to allow for the safe placement of the implant
  • Loss of back teeth and the bone can also cause a decrease in lower facial height which can result in a more aged look.
Loss of a front tooth

Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and can last a lifetime with correct maintenance.

The loss of your front teeth can lead to:

  • Unattractive smile
  • Changes in lip support causing a more aged look
  • Decrease in chewing ability.
Loss of a front tooth

The loss of front teeth can quickly cause a more aged look if they are not replaced due to facial bone reduction.


Making the decision to get an implant is complex. You will have questions related to cost and comfort. Book an appointment to spend some time with a dentist to discuss your unique needs.

Advantages of Implants

  • A dental implant is a stand alone fixed tooth replacement which is independent of the teeth either side
  • No grinding down of otherwise heathy neighbouring teeth which increases the risk of future tooth failure
  • Maintains the bone
  • Maintains tooth and mouth functionality
  • With immediate implants, we can take a tooth and replace it all on the same day. Walk in with a tooth and walk out with an implant supported temporary prosthesis.

Implant Supported Dentures

If you are wearing traditional dentures, we can help to restore your ability to eat, talk, laugh and smile with confidence using modern dental implants.

Why traditional dentures are often not the answer:

People lose their teeth for a variety of reasons over their lifetime and we have seen first-hand the impact this can have on our patient’s quality of life.

Do you have to avoid certain foods?
Unsecured dentures can make it difficult to chew some of the foods you once enjoyed due to a lack of stability, especially in the case of the lower full denture.

Do your dentures affect your sense of taste?
The upper denture extends across the palate and this gives more stability compared to the lower denture but this extension can decrease the sense of taste and enjoyment of food and feel bulky and intrusive.

Are you worried your dentures will accelerate your facial aging?
When you lose your teeth, the stimulation to the jawbone is removed and this results in a loss of bone which causes physical changes to your face, which in turn causes your dentures to become looser over time.

Are you embarrassed or lack confidence due to your dentures?
Dentures can sometimes affect your ability to pronounce words correctly, and therefore the way you speak. They may also come loose on occasions which often leads to awkwardness and a lack of confidence.

Loss of a front tooth

Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and can last a lifetime with correct maintenance.


If you find that you are suffering from any of these issues, there are now a variety of modern dental implant-based solutions available to you that can significantly improve your quality of life.