If you wear dentures, are you frustrated that they affect the way you talk or eat? Dentures have traditionally been the best means of replacing missing teeth. Unfortunately they are not the perfect solution to the problem. Over time they may become loose due to the loss of bone from the jaw. They can also cause you difficulties when you talk or eat. Many dentists are now advising their patients about the benefits of dental implants.
There are a number of benefits that come from having dental implants. These include providing support to the muscles of the lips and face. Here at Orpington Dental Care in Orpington, dental implants are proving to be an increasingly popular alternative to dentures. The implants can be used in a number of different ways; as a replacement for individual teeth, or as a method of fixing bridges and dentures. You could say that dental implants are almost as good as your own teeth. Once fitted, you may even forget that they are not your own.
Bridging the gap
Missing teeth can make you feel less confident and can also cause longer term problems with your overall oral health. Because the gaps allow the movement of the remaining teeth on either side of the space, they may also become loose and be lost.
Dental implants are made of two parts; a carefully engineered titanium screw and the replacement tooth or teeth. The dental implants can sometimes be fitted at the same time that a tooth is removed, otherwise a minor surgical procedure is required to place the implant into the jaw. Generally it is necessary to allow a few months for the implant to become completely fused with the bone in the jaw. Once healed the replacement tooth or teeth are then fixed in place.
Finding out more about dental implants in Orpington
Dental implants are suitable for adults of any age, as long as you have sufficient bone in your jaw and your overall health is good. Just think how good it would feel to be able to eat, talk and smile with complete confidence because you know your teeth are going to stay exactly where they belong. With proper care dental implants will last a lifetime. To find out more contact us to book an appointment.