Dental Implants – Restoring Smiles To 100%
Losing a tooth impacts upon many different areas of a person’s life, affecting their dental and overall health as well as their confidence. Thankfully, there is a life-changing solution that can restore a tooth or indeed several teeth to 100% – dental implants.
Dental implants – why are they special?
Your teeth are the only part of your body that can’t repair themselves. When they sustain damage and aren’t subsequently treated, they can very quickly decline in terms of function and aesthetic. Dental implants are the only restorative solution to give you a brand new tooth that looks and feels like a natural tooth. But how is this possible you might ask?
Unlike dentures, which are a removable way of replacing missing teeth, dental implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone. The body becomes accustomed to the new implant over a period of around six months, allowing it to become a permanent part of your body. The implant is made from titanium, a metal that is highly compatible with the human body. Once your body has welcomed the implant to its new home, we can create a beautiful custom-crafted restoration (the aesthetic ‘tooth’ part) to go over the top.
The power of dental implants & the jawbone
As mentioned above, dental implants are a fixed solution for replacing a missing tooth. One of the less well-known wonders of dental implants is their ability to keep your jawbone healthy for life. When you have a missing tooth, the damage goes beyond that which is associated with the location of the missing tooth. Your jawbone relies on your teeth to provide it with stimulation, so when it suddenly finds itself without the level of stimulation it’s used to, it starts to shrink away. This can cause dramatic changes to your appearance over time, as the face no longer has the correct amount of bone to support its structures. For this reason, dental implants are a marvel for patients who have lived with jawbone loss for a long while, restoring their appearance as well as their confidence.
Looking after your implant
There is a misconception that implants are immune to damage and decay. This is false! If you have had an implant, you should still be attending regular dental check-ups and caring for them in the same way you would your natural teeth. Patients who have had an implant should be aware that there is a high risk of developing gum disease if they are smokers and fail to care for their teeth. Infection can occur as a result of gum disease, affecting the jawbone around the implant and causing it to shrink away.
Here at Smile Up Dental, we are open 7 days a week to offer convenience and flexibility to our patients. We are a multi-lingual practice, speaking languages that include Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Italian, and Bulgarian. Get in touch with us today to book yourself in for a consultation.