If you have one or more missing teeth, you may have been trying to weigh up whether or not it is worth doing something about it. You may have teeth that are missing at the side of your mouth and you think that it isn’t really noticeable to other people, so why bother? The fact is, having missing teeth can cause issues for your gums and any remaining natural teeth that you may still have, as you leave them exposed more to bacteria. There is some research into whether or not having missing teeth also increases your risk of heart disease. It’s therefore worthwhile finding out about the suitable treatment options for you. One of the most convenient and the closest to having your natural teeth is to have dental implants in Ipswich.
What are they?
Dental implants are a treatment for missing teeth that enables crowns, bridges or dentures to be permanently fitted into your mouth, without the need to remove them at night. The implants are screws that are attached to your jawbone and are firmly fixed into position, once your gums have healed around them. The replacement teeth are then attached to these screws using an abutment.
Why should I consider dental implants?
Dental implants have many benefits. Firstly, aesthetically your smile will look wonderful and nobody should be aware that you don’t have all of your natural teeth. More importantly, however, your smile will also be a healthy one. By filling in the gaps, you are protecting the teeth and gums from developing further issues. You could also find an improvement with your speech, as well as your ability to chew food. This may also lead to a reduction in jaw pain, if you have been experiencing any of this, whilst having missing teeth. Another major benefit for some people can be that they actually look younger with dental implants too! This is because when people have missing teeth, their face can become shrunken. By replacing their missing teeth, they give the face the structure it needs to appear more youthful again.
How do I get dental implants?
Dental implants require a couple of appointments to be fitted. During the first appointment, you will need to have your implants attached to your jawbone. For this, you will only have to have local anaesthetic to ensure you don’t feel anything. Your dentist will then attach temporary replacement teeth and once the gums have healed after a few weeks, you can then return to have your permanent replacement teeth fitted, during a second appointment.
To find out if dental implants would be the right treatment for you, you will need to book in with your implant dentist for a consultation. They will be able to advise about what treatments would work best for you. If they offer dental implants, you could have them for the rest of your life as long as you take care of them properly by simply cleaning your teeth, flossing and having routine dental check-ups. If you do decide to have dental implants, it could be the best idea you’ve ever had!