Dental implants are one of the most effective solutions for replacing missing teeth and are favoured by dentists and patients alike. If you have a missing tooth and are considering your options, here is some more information about dental implants to help you decide if they are right for you. Of course, we advise that you speak to your dentist about your options and to find out what treatment is suitable for you, but this blog is a great starting point.
One of the key benefits of dental implants compared to other solutions for missing teeth, such as dentures and bridges, is the cost. Implants tend to be more cost effective than other treatments, but they can also bring many other benefits, so why not read on to find out if this is the right treatment for you?
Dental implants replace the root of your missing tooth
Whilst most tooth replacement treatments focus on just replacing the crown, implants are a whole tooth solution. Tiny titanium rods are fitted to your jaw bone to form a false tooth root and over time, the jawbone is tricked into thinking that the implant is the tooth root. New tissue is encouraged to grow around the implant, which takes around 4-6 months. After this time, you then have the perfect platform for fitting new crowns.
Implants look and feel natural
As implants are tailor-made to match the look and feel of your teeth, they are virtually unnoticeable and as the implant is fused to the jawbone, they also feel like a natural part of the mouth.
Dental implants make eating easier
After having implants fitted, chewing will feel very natural because the implant is fitted to the jaw bone and feels very stable and natural. You will enjoy practically the same bite force as someone with a full set of teeth, so you can still enjoy all the foods you love.
Implants are long lasting
Very few patients ever experience problems with dental implants and they can last for many years, provided you practice a good oral health care routine. We recommend regular appointments with your hygienist to ensure you are cleaning effectively around the sides of the implant and under the gum line. Whilst dental implants don’t decay, because they are made from artificial materials, it is still important to clean all of your teeth, and gums twice daily to help maintain a healthy mouth.
As you can see there are many benefits to having dental implants and what we haven’t mentioned is how much better they will make you feel, knowing that you can smile with a full set of teeth rather than feeling embarrassed about revealing gaps in your mouth. This goes without saying, so if you want the confidence to smile again, please speak to us today about whether dental implants are right for you. Call our practice on 01494 442922, email us with your enquiry or ask at your next appointment.