Missing teeth cause more than just aesthetic problems. Even one lost tooth will put immediate extra strain on your remaining teeth, whilst several missing teeth can make eating and speaking difficult. Any dentist will tell you the same thing: missing teeth must always be replaced.
Traditional options to replace missing teeth are dental bridges and full or partial dentures. However, for a more long-term solution, an increasing number of people are choosing a more long-term and natural acting solution in the form of dental implants.
At All Smiles Dental Care in Kent, dental implants can be used to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth. They are the only way to replace the tooth roots and are used in conjunction with either crowns, dentures, or a bridge to restore natural appearance and function to your jaw. With proper aftercare, dental implants could last for the rest of your life.
People who wear traditional dentures often report problems with being able to eat a healthy and balanced diet, with speaking clearly, and with socialising as their loose dentures affect their confidence. By choosing dental implants to stabilise your dentures, you can rectify all of these problems – or avoid them entirely.
Implants require minor oral surgery, which most people only need a local anesthetic for. The procedure can also be carried out under sedation at many dental practices, whilst very anxious patients who require a general anesthetic will have to visit a hospital.
Those who have already lost some of their natural bone density may require an additional procedure to rebuild their jaw bone prior to the placement of implants. This will add a few months to overall treatment time, but will maximise your implants’ chances of success.
Once your permanent new teeth have been attached to your dental implants, they need to be looked after in much the same way as natural teeth. That means brushing your teeth at least twice a day and visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly.
If you have already experienced tooth loss once in your life, you won’t want to go through it again. With prudent care, your implants will serve you for many years to come.