It can be very stressful when you realise that you need dental implants. This could be due to a number of reasons including tooth decay or even an accident whilst playing sport, but don’t panic! Modern day implants are a solution which looks like your natural teeth and, through innovative dental technology, can last for a very long time.
Out with the old and in with the new
We are not living in 1970s anymore, and artificial teeth have come a long way. So how exactly do they work? A very small, but very strong, screw or post is surgically positioned in to the jaw bone under the gum and then the artificial tooth is mounted on to the screw. Therefore, you can live life normally and enjoy eating what you wish, whilst maintaining the natural look of your teeth.
You will probably have to have a couple of visits to your dentist for the whole planning of your replacement teeth as the parts needed take time to prepare.
How many implants can you safely have?
There are many options for replacing a single tooth or multiple teeth. If you are missing many teeth, you can look at options such as a partial denture, individual new teeth or other alternatives. If you need a lot of teeth replaced due to gum disease, for example, you can also look at procedures such as a cemented fixed bridge, providing normal functioning teeth and a bright smile!
How comfortable are dental implants?
Dental implants are comfortable because they do not move around in the mouth, like old fashioned dentures for example. Because they are made up of titanium post and a crown, they are very strong indeed. This allows you to eat what you want and give you the confidence that you would have with your very own natural teeth.
Caring for your new pearly whites
Caring for your artificial teeth is easy, you simply brush them as you would your normal teeth. Ensure that you brush twice a day and floss or use another interdental cleaner also to prevent bacteria and plaque building up. Your implants will be checked and x rayed annually by your dentist.
And relax …
Nobody wants to live a life of feeling insecure about smiling because they have missing or damaged teeth. Smiling is one of the most joyous and important things that we do and thankfully through innovation and modern technology, everyone should be able to laugh when they want to!
With regular checks on your new teeth from your dentist and a good oral hygiene regime from yourself, there is no reason why your new smile cannot last for many years.
So, do not be afraid to make the most of all the options available to you regarding replacing your teeth and continue to enjoy all the food you wish to eat and to laugh at all the jokes you wish to laugh at! A new smile will liberate you in a way that will change your life.