Losing your teeth or even only one tooth can often be a severe psychological blow. For those people who have teeth missing, wear dentures or are about to lose their teeth, dental implants offer a superb permanent alternative and a highly predictable way to restore missing or failing teeth.
In this guide, we will offer more information about what dental implants are, what they are commonly used to treat and what benefits they offer over other treatment options. Read on to learn more about dental implants. If you’re ready to explore this treatment option with Benfleet Dental Centre, get in touch today!
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a modern solution for missing teeth that will help you to smile with more confidence. Today, dental implantology is safe and well-established. While failure rates used to be much higher, advances in dental implant training and technology mean that very few dental implants fail when the aftercare instructions are followed.
Dental Implants are replacements for the root or roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are used to secure crowns (the parts of teeth seen in the mouth), bridgework or dentures by a variety of means. Dentures can be fixed or removable, offering excellent flexibility.
How are dental implants made?
Dental implants are commonly made from titanium, which is lightweight, strong and biocompatible, which means that it is not rejected by the body. Titanium and titanium alloys are the most widely used metals in both dental and other bone implants, such as orthopaedic joint replacements. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.
Along with replacing lost teeth, implants help maintain the jawbone’s shape and density. This means they also support the facial skeleton and, indirectly, the soft tissue structures – gum tissues, cheeks and lips. This means that individuals with implants can avoid the sunken appearance that often occurs with denture-wearers.
Dental implants can help you to eat, chew, smile and speak with complete confidence.
The benefits of dental implants
The next best thing to healthy, natural teeth. Dental implants are strong and stable. They can help to restore a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth.
Built to last. Dental implants are a long-term solution. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years and at some point they will need to be replaced. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime.
Enjoy life without worrying about your teeth. No need to stay home or feel uncomfortable in public, embarrassed because your smile looks different. Teeth restored with dental implants are teeth that let you, not your teeth, lead your life.
Retain your natural face shape, and smile. A face without teeth can sag and appear sunken and sad. Dental implants allow you to maintain the natural shape of your face and smile.
Protect healthy bone; leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to additional health issues, such as the loss and deterioration of some of your jawbone. When it is not being used to support a natural tooth, the jawbone deteriorates, losing its strength and firmness. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
Eat your favourite foods! Taste and enjoy the foods you love without hesitation. You can bite naturally, eat virtually anything you want and, unlike removable dentures that can feel uncomfortable, you can continue to eat a wide range of foods with dental implants. This can help the elderly to avoid malnutrition that often occurs in denture wearers.
Keep your teeth in your mouth, not in a cup. Dental implants allow you to keep your teeth where they belong – in your mouth. And no more worrying that your dentures might slip or fall out. Brush, floss and care for teeth that have been replaced using dental implants exactly the way you would natural teeth – in your mouth.
Curious about dental implants?
If you want to enjoy these benefits and more, we encourage you to book a consultation with our team. At Benfleet Dental Centre we can provide and achieve the most comprehensive treatment plan and best possible results for our patients.
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