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Lucy Stock is a columnist for the Irish News

Implants Can Be A Good Value Choice

by Lucy Stock BDS DipImpDent RCS (Eng)

Published in the Irish News . 25.01.2012

Losing a tooth can be upsetting. It can feel like an emotional loss and some people get quite teary. So if a tooth is knocked out during sport or taken out because it was bad or loose, it may not just be a concern about how it looks or how comfortable it is to eat but a much more deep seated feeling.

Once a tooth is out, the gum and bone that supported it starts to shrink and as time goes by the more the bone withers away. One way to replace a missing tooth is by a dental implant. Teeth implants are replacement titanium metal roots that have the tooth crown attached on top.

An implant dentist can place a tooth implant under the gum into the jaw bone by a minor surgical procedure. Patients regularly say how much easier it was having an implant placed than what they imagined. The implant is placed and bone that has shrunk away can be replaced giving the implant more support. Your body takes some time to grow bone around the implant. Once that is complete your dentist makes you a long term tooth to eat and smile with. During the healing period a temporary tooth can be made so you aren’t left with a gap.

Benefits of dental implants:

Dental Implants are very successful and last a long time when looked after making them good value for money after an initial investment. Whether the tooth has been missing for a little or a long time the vast majority of teeth can be replaced by dental implants. The first step is to have a discussion with an implant dentist to talk about options and plan the treatment.