- Implants, with their secure fit and natural appearance, give tooth-loss patients a beautiful smile and improved self-confidence;
- Dental implants don't shift or slip like dentures, so you'll experience natural chewing and speech. No more mumbling or slurring your words—and you can eat your favourite foods without worry; and
- Dental implants have a great track record for success. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Implants to replace teeth—getting close to the real thing. You brush, you floss, you see your dentist for regular check-ups and cleaning—but even with our best efforts, there are still times when the inevitable happens and the tooth, or teeth, must come out. That's when we need to look at options for replacement. Humanity has been dealing with tooth loss ever since we evolved them. One of the best-known historical examples is George Washington, the first president of the USA. Washington suffered from dental problems all his life, and eventually had to have the last of his teeth extracted.Although legend has it that the dentures he used to replace his teeth were carved from wood, this isn't true. Four sets of Washington's false teeth exist today, and researchers examining them found that their components included materials as varied as gold, lead, hippopotamus ivory, and human and animal teeth. Washington's false teeth were no joy: they were held in his mouth using springs and wires, caused no end of discomfort plus he claimed they distorted his appearance.Today's dentures have greatly improved over the contraptions George Washington was stuck with, but they still follow the same basic design (although we've managed to do away with the springs and wires). Fortunately for today's patients, modern dentistry has developed a new and better alternative called implants. Dental implants are a rising trend in reconstructive dentistry, allowing dentists to restore a natural appearance, with functional and long-lasting teeth.Implants and their advantagesDental implants come in two parts—the implant proper, which is a prosthetic tooth root implanted in the jaw, and the replacement tooth that sits on top of the implanted root. This process can replace anything from a single missing tooth, to the entire upper and lower complement of teeth.With the huge modern advances in materials and procedures patients are finding numerous advantages of going down the implant route such as: