People have missing teeth for any number of reasons, but normally most people have lower self-esteem as a result. Whether you’ve had an accident, medication that has caused tooth loss, or you’ve had poor dental hygiene, the fact remains that the gaps need filling in. If left untreated, you can risk causing further damage to your remaining natural teeth and gums if they are over-exposed. While many people associate missing teeth with dentures and OAP’s, there is actually a much more convenient way to replace missing teeth that is almost like having your natural ones again.
How to replace missing teeth
So, your dentist may explore various options with you for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dentures, crowns, and bridges are all ways to complete your smile. However, dental implants in Maidstone add a firm fix for your replacement teeth. Maidstone dental implants involve titanium screws which are attached to your jaw bone and act as artificial roots for your replacement teeth to be attached to using an abutment. They can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or even a whole set of teeth. Once your replacement teeth are attached to the titanium screws via the abutment, they are firmly fixed in place.
The advantages of choosing implants
Implants offer a comfortable solution to replacing missing teeth. Once the screws have become embedded in your jaw and the tissue has healed around it, they will allow your replacement teeth to act as natural teeth. Nobody will notice that you don’t have a full set of natural teeth as your replacement teeth will be made to match any remaining natural teeth you may have in size, shape and shade. They will not loosen when you are eating, so you can order the well done steak and follow it up with a crunchy apple! You will also be able to maintain your oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing regularly – that’s all you need to do to keep them clean!
Another advantage of having implants is that you should find your speech is normal. Occasionally with other replacement teeth options, such as dentures, your speech may be affected, particularly if your dentures loosen as you’re speaking. With implants, you will not need to worry about this as they won’t be going anywhere! The other advantage of this is that you should feel more confident, both about the aesthetic appearance of your smile, but also by having the reassuring feeling that they won’t let you down when you’re in the middle of an important business lunch or chatting with your friends on a night out.
Are there any risks?
With implants, a dentist will need to ensure that there is enough bone density to attach the titanium screws to so that they won’t loosen or move. If you don’t have enough bone density, they may be able to do a bone graft before fitting implants. Implants can be fitted using local anaesthetic, so it isn’t as invasive as you might think, but as with any procedure there is a very small chance of infection. However, if carried out by an experienced dentist, the risks are minimal.
If you want to give yourself a reason to smile your best smile, why not call your dentist to find out more?