When it comes to having missing teeth, there is no escaping the fact that your smile doesn’t look aesthetically pleasing; but, if you’ve been making do with gaps in your smile, you could also be putting your oral health at risk. Leaving natural teeth and the gums exposed more to bacteria is the result of not replacing missing teeth, yet some patients still choose to make do with an incomplete smile. Thankfully, there is a way that you can have a complete smile that functions like a natural one, and it shouldn’t let you down when you are talking or eating. Dental implants Nottingham is a treatment that can be used to give patients smiles they can rely on 24-7, and nobody else should realise that it isn’t a fully natural set of teeth.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants consist of metal screws that can be attached to the jawbone by an implant dentist. They fuse with the body’s tissues to become firmly fixed into position, no matter what you eat or drink. Replacement teeth can then be attached to the implant and either be crowns, bridges or dentures, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced. The result is replacement teeth that you can depend on, and they should go the distance, lasting an average of 15 years.
Why should I get dental implants?
Some patients aren’t eligible for dental implants as they may not have enough bone density in their jawbone and a bone graft isn’t possible, for example, or they may have unhealthy gums or be a smoker. Most of whom are eligible for implants, however, will find that there are many reasons to be delighted to have this treatment. Firstly, having dental implants means that you won’t have to worry about anyone else realising that you don’t have a full set of natural teeth; this isn’t just because the replacement teeth look natural, either. When you eat or speak, you won’t need to worry about your replacement teeth loosening and giving the game away that you haven’t got all of your natural teeth anymore. You won’t need to worry about avoiding hard or chewy foods as you peruse the menu in a restaurant; you can order whatever you want every time. Dental implants can grant the patient an aesthetically pleasing smile that conveniently functions like one, too.
Another benefit of choosing dental implants is the fact that they are easy to take care of. All you will need to do to maintain them is clean your teeth twice daily and remember to floss as well. You should also see your dentist for routine checkups. By filling in the gaps in your smile, you can protect your remaining natural teeth and gums from being too exposed to bacteria. What’s more, dental implants could even help you look younger! With missing teeth, the face can develop a shrunken look. Replacing missing teeth can add volume to your face and make you look more youthful again. What’s not to love about that?!
Do dental implants require major surgery?
The other great thing about dental implants is that they can be fitted just using local anaesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel any discomfort, and you won’t have to have a long period of recovery from a general anaesthetic. Speak to a dentist who offers dental implants, and they will be able to advise on the details of your treatment plan and what would work for you. In some cases, sedation or general anaesthesia may be agreed upon if you suffer from dental phobia, for example. Book an initial consultation with your dentist to discuss your treatment plan and get the smile you deserve. The time is now!