Dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are made from titanium and are installed into strong parts of the bone. As the surrounding bone heals it grows onto the implant surface locking it into place. The new porcelain tooth is then attached to the implant, once attached it is not removed. Implants are one of the most predictable and successful ways of replacing a missing tooth, this means that they will outlast all other means of replacing teeth. In contrast to using a bridge to support a new tooth, implants no drilling of the adjacent teeth. This ensures that the adjacent teeth last as long as possible. The implant cannot become decayed but it must be kept clean to avoid gum problems. The new porcelain tooth will match your existing teeth very closely to produce the best cosmetic result.
Implants themselves are very costly for us to purchase and they require specialised equipment for their placement; this makes their overall cost expensive. However, as they can last decades they are a cost effective means of replacing missing teeth.
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