Long before the appearance of dental implants, the only options available to those who had missing teeth were removable dentures and bridges. Although less expensive, dentures and bridges can be uncomfortable and unnatural-looking creating more problems with eating, drinking, and speaking. Also, when worn over the natural teeth, they often become loose and need to be replaced every five to seven years. As such, they may not always be a cost-effective way to replace missing teeth.
At Smylife in Manchester, Dr. Phil Broughton, a highly qualified dentist specialising in dental implants, will help you regain confidence in your smile. With many years of experience and extensive training in the latest developments in implant dentistry, Dr. Broughton is committed to providing high-quality patient care.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that replace the tooth root. Once the implants have been fitted into the gums, they fuse with the jawbone providing extra strength, support and protection.
Dental implants allow patients to continue their daily activities worry-free since they look and function exactly like natural teeth. In contrast to removable dentures and bridges, they are permanently fixed to the mouth and if looked after properly, they should last for a good many years.
What to expect
If you decide to get dental implants, there are several factors that will determine the overall length of treatment: the state of your teeth and gums, the number of implants required, the quality of the bone and the need for any extra treatments prior to implant surgery. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment.
Just as with any dental operation, patients might experience minor distress. If you are a nervous patient or suffer from dental phobia, oral sedation or local anaesthesia can be requested to minimise any discomfort at the time of the procedure. Most patients report that implant placement is not more painful than a tooth extraction, but if you experience pain after the operation, your dentist can prescribe painkillers.
Whether you feel uncomfortable over your missing teeth or you are tired of your dentures, dental implants may be the ideal solution for you.