Dental implants can change your life for the better. Whether you are currently too shy to smile because you’ve got a gap in your mouth or you are struggling with loose dentures that make eating and speaking difficult, choosing implants to support new teeth can give you back your smile, can restore functionality to your jaw, and can seriously boost your confidence.
At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, award-winning cosmetic dentist Dr Jan Einfeldt has completed many successful treatments with dental implants. They can be used in combination with a single crown, a bridge, or a denture to replace as many teeth as needed.
The problems that a poorly-fitting denture can cause should not be trivialised. Whilst it may seem amusing to see someone’s teeth slip out, for the person concerned it can be devastating. Loose dentures can lead to social anxiety, as well as making eating so difficult or even painful that many people are turned off food altogether, risking malnutrition.
No matter how many teeth you have lost, an implant consultation will include a full dental check-up, during which the condition and viability of any remaining teeth with be ascertained. Sometimes, if you require teeth to be extracted, it is possible to place an implant straight into the socket.
Once you have had your implants fitted and your new teeth attached, they should stay with you for many years – for life, in many cases. But just like natural teeth, you need to look after them to ensure their longevity.
Caring for dental implants and new teeth isn’t complicated. If gum disease has caused your tooth loss, you need to prevent it happening again, because just like the teeth you lost the implants can be affected by infection of the gums. Should this be allowed to get serious, it could result in implant failure.
To avoid this, you need to be scrupulous in your oral hygiene. The dental hygienist will teach you how best to clean your implants and new teeth. You need to brush then thoroughly at least twice a day, and if you notice any early warning signs of gum disease – red, swollen, or bleeding gums – you must report to your dentist immediately.