So, you are missing some teeth, or maybe just a tooth, and in the current economic climate you are aware that it might be wise to consider a long-term solution to your problem. Maybe you are considering a tooth extraction in the not too distant future, or you have been advised that you may need one so you are looking for ways to replace your extracted teeth in preparation. Whatever situation you find yourself in, any dentist would be thrilled to welcome you for a consultation to discuss your needs and how they can help you to fulfil them. If it is a long-term solution you are wanting for missing teeth then it’s possible that they might discuss dental implants St Albans with you as a treatment option. This is, of course, highly dependent on your unique needs and what they find at an examination.
Dental implants are a form of replacing a missing tooth or several missing teeth. They are designed to be long term and when looked after correctly can in fact last a lifetime. They are made up of three main parts. The implanted titanium screw is fitted where a root of a natural tooth would ordinarily go. It can be screwed or tapped into the jawbone which, when healing is complete, provides a secure fixture for the rest of the implant to be attached to.
A connecting rod (abutment), also made of metal, can then be inserted into this fixture (post healing). This abutment is where the replacement tooth is attached. Crowns, bridges or dentures can be used as the replacement teeth, all anchored (in various ways) by the implanted screw. A crown would be used if teeth are replaced individually, with one implanted screw per replacement tooth. A bridge or denture may be used instead (often you can choose between this and individual implants) if several consecutive teeth are missing. In this circumstance, fewer implanted screws may be needed to attach the bridge or denture to in order to secure it. For more information on these options and what would work best for you personally, have a conversation with your dentist.
What are the benefits of replacing missing teeth with dental implants?
There are many advantages to consider when thinking about dental implants as a course of action. Good oral hygiene is a big benefit when it comes to implants. Because these replacement teeth mimic natural teeth, it is possible to maintain good oral hygiene with confidence that you won’t dislodge your teeth. This is important because a lot of dental issues can be prevented when hygiene routines are efficient and appointments with a dentist are regularly attended. The build-up of plaque and risk of decay can be greatly reduced when this is achieved, thus helping towards a prolonged life span for the dental implants.
Another benefit of dental implants is that they are tailor made to a patient’s particular needs. This means that they can be created to fit well around any remaining natural teeth, reducing possible damage to them. The shape and colour of the implants can be adapted to create a close match to the shape and colour of remaining teeth too, thus lowering the possibility of the implants being noticeable to others.
The firm foundation created by the implanted screws means that movement is unlikely. This may therefore improve your experience while eating and speaking. You should not need to be concerned about accidentally dislodging your teeth during these activities, giving you increased confidence as you chat to your friends and colleagues or enjoy your favourite cuisine.
What are my next steps?
If you wish to find out more information about your missing teeth and how a dentist can help you with a treatment plan, contact your preferred dental practice to make an appointment.