How many missing teeth do you have? What if, with a great dental treatment offering, the answer could be ‘none’ again? Teeth can be replaced with synthetic options and these can be fixed and designed to be permanent which appeals to many patients more than the removable options that are out there. Let’s talk a bit more about dental implants to see if you think they are the solution to your missing teeth.
Dental implants are offered by clinics such as the Centre for Aesthetic Periodontics and Implantology in Kent who can give you professional advice on whether they are right for you. Many people are suitable and it mostly depends on your health which needs to be reasonably good and the consistency of you jaw bone which needs to be able to support the implants. There are some medical conditions that are contraindicated but it is worth asking your dentist because dental implants can give your mouth a new lease of life and one that can be with you for a long time.
How do dental implants work?
Your teeth have roots which go into your gums and down into your jaw bone. You can see the shape of this on any standard diagram of an extracted tooth. Essentially, a dental implant functions like the root of a tooth and then a variety of prosthetic dental devices can be fitted to them and these act as your teeth do. There are some differences of course – for example, one dental implant can support more than one tooth if they are adjoining so you don’t need to have one implant per missing tooth. However, because the dental implant is inserted into your jaw bone and the bone then meshes around it over time to secure the area, it does mean that you have a stable join between the implant and the natural movement of your mouth meaning great functionality when it comes to eating, speaking and smiling.
Once the fitting procedure is complete, you care for your synthetic teeth the same way you do your normal ones with diligent oral hygiene and care. Your dentist should also monitor you regularly through your normal check ups to ensure that everything is going well and that you are happy and comfortable.