When you are missing teeth, having a smiling picture taken can be daunting. Have you lost a tooth due to enamel erosion, cracking or possibly an accident? Do you take measures to hide your smile? Don’t feel that you have to accept your missing tooth and carry on with daily life despite the discomfort. At Dental Health Centre, we have extensive experience in restorative dentistry and always work to give our patients the confidence of a beautiful smile. We recommend Dental Implants as a solution; but what are they – and are they right for you?
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are medically recognised as the most reliable and safe solution to missing teeth. Typically crafted from titanium, a screw is designed to connect to the jaw bone to replace the root of a failing tooth. They provide a strong, durable foundation for artificial teeth. Dentures and dental bridges are connected directly to implants, creating a more natural feel than traditional bridges and dentures; massively reducing issues with speech and eating.
Are Dental Implants a Permanent Solution?
Dental Implants can be trusted as a long-term solution to tooth loss, when maintained to the same high standard of your natural teeth. Regular cleaning and attendance at maintenance appointments will have a profound effect on the longevity of your treatment. With attentive care these implants can last for many years – but as with any surgical implant, there is no lifetime guarantee.
If patients neglect their implants, a bacterial coating can grow and if overlooked, this can evolve to gum infection, bleeding, and day to day discomfort- similar to issues with natural teeth.
My Missing Tooth Does Not Bother Me, is a Dental Implant Really Necessary?
When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth have to adapt to cope with the increased pressure and stress. This can make your teeth vulnerable to cracking, cavities and infection. Many patients with back tooth loss, adjust their bite by only chewing on one side; causing jaw and bone muscles to weaken. Like the rest of our body, our jaw bone is kept healthy and competent through exercise. When we neglect the jaw, even on one side, inner bone and connective tissue becomes fragile.
In addition, teeth support each other and prevent surrounding teeth from moving apart. When one is lost, they begin to drift away causing misalignment and further sensitivity. Implants work as a duplicate to natural teeth, and restores the tender balance of a patient’s dental structure.
Therefore, it is important to take action to keep dental structure and hygiene intact.
Am I Too Old For Dental Implants?
Dental Health Centre are proud to offer Dental Implants to patients of any age, depending on medical fitness. It is possible to insert implants the moment that the jaw stops growing, but in younger patients, treatment can only begin once the jaw bone is completely developed.
If you’re looking for cosmetic dental implants in Grantham, then Dental Health Centre provides the ideal setting. If would like any additional information, or would like to book a consultation please contact our highly experienced and friendly team; who will be happy to provide you with more information.