Missing one or more teeth can make every day activities such as speaking and eating more challenging, but did you know it can also pose a number of other threats to a person’s health and wellbeing? The loss of bone structure caused by missing teeth can create a sunken appearance in the cheek, potentially giving a prematurely ageing effect. Together with feeling less comfortable speaking, eating and laughing without a full set of healthy teeth, this could impact negatively on a person’s confidence and self-esteem in everyday life.
Aside from aesthetic reasons, restoring missing teeth is important for the health of all the remaining teeth – the gap created could lead to the healthy teeth shifting, or the gum being impacted and resulting in the loss of more teeth.
Dental implants are a reliable, advanced method of replacing missing teeth. Whatever the cause of tooth loss, whether through decay or injury, dental implants offer a permanent solution to restore the natural look and feel of a healthy smile.
So how exactly do dental implants work?
A dental implant essentially acts as new tooth root on which a crown, bridge or dentures can be placed. Dental implants are composed of tiny titanium screws which are placed in the jawbone where the missing tooth is located. The implant will gradually fuse with the jawbone over a few months to form a new false tooth root.
The implants can be used to replace the roots for one or a number of missing teeth, without affecting the structure of existing teeth. Dental implants are a safe option for replacing missing teeth for people of any age, providing a completely natural looking and long-lasting solution to help regain comfort and confidence.
Why might I choose dental implants over other solutions?
- Dental implants are a brilliant long-term method of restoring teeth as they can last a lifetime with the right care.
- Unlike dentures which have to be removed, having dental implants will allow you to eat and carry out daily activities as you would normally. They offer the most realistic function and appearance to the natural teeth.
- Dental implants are the only treatment to encourage new bone growth, helping to restore the facial structure in a more natural way.
- Having dental bridges instead of implants will mean that the surrounding healthy teeth need to be ground away to accommodate the bridgework. Dental implants do not affect the surrounding teeth.
- Carrying out the proper oral care routine, you’ll be able to maintain the health of all teeth without them shifting abnormally.
If you’d like to find out more about dental implants in Croydon and the surrounding areas, the procedure and their benefits, why not speak to the Gentle Dental team? To get in touch, simply fill out our contact form here or contact one of our Croydon branches - 020 8654 3722 for Shirley Road, 020 8655 1118 for Wickham Road, or 020 8684 4441 Whitehorse Road – to book a consultation.