The phrase, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone is, unfortunately very true. It’s particularly true if you lose one or more of your teeth. A missing tooth or teeth are often a source of considerable discomfort or inconvenience which can have long-term consequences on our overall dental health. In the past, bridges or dentures were the only method of restoring the appearance and function of your teeth. As many of us know to our cost these solutions are not always satisfactory; certain foods become too difficult to eat and dentures may affect the way we speak. Lost teeth can also affect your overall dental health due to bone loss which may allow the remaining teeth to move out of place.
In many cases, dental implants are becoming the preferred alternative to both bridges and dentures. Dental implants are widely regarded by many dentists as a reliable and long lasting method of replacing missing teeth. Many dental practices such as Smile Design Dental Practice in Buckinghamshire are now offering patients dental implants to replace a tooth or teeth or as a means of fixing a bridge or dentures.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are used to replace the root of a missing tooth. They consist of a titanium screw which is inserted into the jawbone. Once the screw is fully integrated the dentist can fix a crown, bridge or dentures securely in place. In many cases dental implants are so effective you may forget that you have them; with proper care they will last a lifetime.
Although dental implants are often considered to be the best method of restoring missing teeth, they are not suitable for everyone.
How long will it take to have dental implants fitted?
For dental implants to be successful, you need to be in good general health with healthy gums and sufficient jawbone for the implants to be fitted. There are many different implant procedures that can be used, depending on your individual needs. The process may take several months to complete; some implants can be placed at the same time as teeth are removed. Your dentist will be able to advise you of what will be required during your initial consultation.