If you’ve lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants may already be on your radar. Whilst they can initially seem a more expensive option that traditional dentures or bridgework, when you factor in the number of times you may need to have bridges or dentures replaced or repaired, implants become more of an investment in your future health and happiness.
All of our teeth are made up of both roots and crowns, and dental implants are the only way that a dentist can replace the root parts. This is not just important to holding your new teeth in place, it also helps to prevent the jaw bone shrinking, which is the main reason traditional dentures become loose.
At PS Dental Care in Soho, dental implants are considered the best solution to tooth loss. They are small titanium screws or posts that are placed in direct contact with the jaw bone during minor oral surgery, and integrate firmly with the bone over a few months.
Depending on your clinical situation, a dentist may use crowns, a bridge, or dentures in combination with your dental implants to create a set of new teeth that don’t just look highly natural, but have a realistic action, too. In fact, in many cases they can be considered a second chance at a jaw full of healthy adult teeth.
Preserving the health of your jaw bone is vitally important not just to keeping your teeth in place, but also because a shrinking jaw bone can significantly alter the structure of your face, leading to a prematurely aged appearance.
As with natural teeth, dental implants require prudent dental hygiene. This means developing an efficient brushing routine at home, and visiting your dentist and hygienist as frequently as they recommend.
Implants and the teeth attached to them can be affected by plaque bacteria, which can lead to a potentially serious infection that is similar to gum disease. If you notice anything suspicious, you should contact your dentist immediately, because like the gum disease that affects natural teeth, early intervention makes the problem easier to treat.