Tooth loss is an uncomfortable experience that unfortunately can continue to cause problems long after the initial trauma. It can change the way you eat and talk, have detrimental effects on your long-term dental health and alter your facial appearance. Dentures can address some of these issues but can also be uncomfortable to wear and make eating tough or chewy foods a challenge. Dental implants offer a long lasting, reliable alternative, without the hassles of dentures and with added benefits for your dental health.
At the Dental Care Partnership in Sutton Coldfield, dental implants are carefully and precisely fitted by experienced dentists, using the latest dental techniques and technology available. Offering a unique service to connect former implant patients with those considering the procedure, you can hear first hand about the impact dental implants can have on your life.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are small titanium screws that act as artificial tooth roots. They are placed within the jawbone where they support bone growth. This firmly secures them in place to provide a solid foundation for replacement teeth to be attached. This makes dental implants a far more stable solution to missing teeth than dentures. Sitting within the jawbone, they also protect against bone degeneration that often develops after tooth loss.
What does the implant procedure involve?
Minor dental surgery is required to fit implants. Local anaesthetic is used to make this a pain-free experience. Sedation is also an option for more anxious patients. A period of healing is needed to allow the dental implants to completely integrate into the jawbone. After this time, natural looking replacement teeth can be attached.
Are dental implants right for you?
Dental implants are more likely to be a success if your teeth and gums are in good condition. It is therefore recommended that underlying conditions, such as tooth decay and gum disease, are treated before dental implants are placed. A dentist will also check if you have enough bone to firmly secure the dental implants. If not, then treatments are available to build up your jawbone. Ultimately a consultation with a dentist will allow you to find out whether dental implants are the right fit for you.