Benefits of tooth implants: what's the story?

What are the advantages of dental implants?

In terms of look, feel and function, implants are as close as you can get to having your original tooth back. A single-tooth implant simply occupies the same space as your original tooth, meaning you’ll have no extra plates or plastic in your mouth, unlike dentures, and there’s no need to prepare the teeth either side of your missing tooth, unlike dental bridges.

Do tooth implants look real?

One of the big upsides of implants is that they’re designed to blend in with your natural teeth, with the cosmetic crown placed on top of the implant not only being colour-matched to your other teeth but also having light-reflecting properties similar to natural teeth. For front teeth, your replacement tooth can be designed to eliminate – or even include – imperfections to make it appear more natural.

How does a tooth implant feel?

The whole point of an implant is for it to not only look – but also function and feel – just like a natural tooth. Once the area around the implant has healed following the procedure, it is unlikely that you will notice any difference from your other teeth. Indeed, that’s precisely what many patients tell us: that they can’t tell it’s there or is any different from the rest of their teeth.

Can you eat normally with dental implants?

One of the great advantages is that you will be able to eat as normal again, with confidence and no fear of pain. Your new implant-retained crown or bridge will function just like your natural teeth, meaning you can eat things that are hard, like carrots or apples, that you need to bite into, like chicken wings, spare ribs or corn on the cob, or that are difficult to chew, like steak or crusty bread.

Do dental implants prevent bone loss?

Yes, it’s true that they can actually help prevent bone loss by stimulating new bone to grow every time you chew on food. Because the tiny titanium screw inserted into the jaw mimics the lost tooth root, the pressure from chewing encourages new bone growth.