Putting Trust In Your Replacement Teeth With Implants
Losing a tooth can leave patients with a dilemma.
Unless we have neglected our teeth for some time, and acknowledge doing so; for most people, losing a tooth can come as something of a shock. Especially if it is a visible front tooth, we are not likely to want to live with a gap where a tooth should be, particularly when we smile!
Many patients come to see our Chelmsford dentists, concerned that they don’t want to wear dentures, often because their parents did and they saw how awkward this could make eating, or even sometimes speaking, whilst wearing them.
Although dentures now offer a realistic looking tooth replacement method, the problem of stability has not yet been entirely overcome, and probably never will be. Whilst they are OK for eating some foods, others will present problems and may cause them to become dislodged whilst you are eating; something which could prove embarrassing in certain social circles.
It is certainly no fun having little or no confidence that your teeth are going to remain where they should, and some people take the easy option of avoiding social eating rather than suffer the embarrassment of wobbly dentures.
Thankfully, this problem can now be remedied through the placing of dental implants.
Why dental implants?
Implants, unlike the alternatives for tooth replacement; dentures or a bridge, not only offer a replacement tooth, but also a replacement root. This is important as it is this part of the process that gives dental implants their stability. The titanium implant is placed into the bone in the jaw (nothing like as painful as it might sound, by the way), and, unlike with any other material currently known, the bone starts to bond with the implant, holding the edges of the implant firmly in place. This process, known as osseointegration, takes approximately three months, following which, the patient has a very strong artificial tooth root.
The finishing touches
To complete a dental implant procedure, an abutment is attached to the implant and a dental crown then attached via that to complete the new replacement tooth.
Because the root is firmly held in place by the bone structure, there is no danger of it becoming loose. Your new dental implant will be as strong, and quite possibly stronger, than your natural teeth. You will be able to feel confident in whatever you do, and not even the chewiest of toffees will present a problem when eating!
Even aftercare, whilst still very important, is uncomplicated and more or less requires the same care as your natural teeth.
If you would like to discuss replacing a missing teeth with one of our Chelmsford dental team, with no obligation, please call Blue Sky Dental on 01245 211070.