• After completion of treatment (known as a restoration) your implant will be indistinguishable from your teeth – it will both look and function like a natural tooth.
• As with natural teeth, the number one reason for dental implants failing is poor care. So, with good oral hygiene and regular visits to your hygienist and dentist your dental implants could last a lifetime.
• Dental implants provide support to your jaw bone and gums. Over time, without this stimulation and support, your jaw bones and surrounding soft tissues will begin to shrink (this is known as resorption), this can in turn create a prematurely aged and sunken facial appearance.
Consequences of tooth loss
Following the loss of a tooth, bone resorption occurs. As the bone resorbs problems associated with lack of support can lead to instability of the remaining teeth, and a loss of retention for any existing partial or full denture.
With continued bone loss in the upper or lower jaws the appearance of the underlying soft facial tissues will be negatively affected – this can appear to cause accelerated ageing, and lead to the sunken look which we associate
in people with no teeth (or edentulous patients).
With one or more missing teeth you may experience difficulty eating, speaking, lowered self-esteem, pain / discomfort, gagging and inconvenient adhesives.