Dental implants that look and feel like your own teeth
Did you know dental implants have become a healthy option to replace missing teeth?
Teeth loss can be caused by a number of different issues, such as gum disease, decay or injury. Missing teeth can cause pain and oral health problems as well as leaving you with a gap in your smile.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are surgically positioned beneath the gums to allow for a replacement tooth to be placed onto them. They are typically made of metal and provide stable support which decreases the chance of the implants slipping or shifting once in the mouth. This secure fitting allows for crowns and bridges to feel more natural when placed onto the implant meaning it will benefit you when eating and speaking.
Implants allow for individual teeth to be replaced without the need to ground down any surrounding teeth or the need for ordinary bridges which attach to the teeth on either side.
Why do I need to replace missing teeth?
Having missing teeth open ups the possibility of a variety of serious problems that can affect your oral health. A missing tooth can cause future problems which could lead to future tooth loss. These include:
- Teeth shifting
As a space opens up from a missing tooth, the other teeth shift to fill the gap which cause problems with alignment. It is important to see the dentist as soon as you experience a missing tooth before any shifting occurs.
- Gum disease or Tooth decay
As teeth shift into the empty space, it can cause problems when brushing or flossing if the area becomes complicated to clean. Gum disease or tooth decay can lead to future tooth loss.
- TMJ syndrome
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD & TMJ) problems can occur if the teeth start to shift. Bite and shifting problems can cause extra stress on the joints which can lead to future jaw problems.
- Change in facial appearance
Missing teeth can cause a change in your facial appearance as gaps appear and teeth start to shift.
It is important to seek advice from your dentist as soon as you lose any teeth to prevent any of these complications occurring. If left untreated it could lead to you needing extensive restorative or cosmetic dentistry.
Who are dental implants suitable for?
Dental implants could be suitable for you if you:
- Want to replace missing teeth
- Have healthy gums
- Have adequate bone structure to have secure implants
- Physically able to handle the surgical procedure
- Are prepared to continue a high level of oral hygiene
Your dentist will be able to do x-rays and tests to see if you have all the requirements needed for dental implants.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth, you will be able to eat and chew normally. They are a permanent fixture which increases the comfort and fit of each tooth.
Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene; as implants don’t require reducing other teeth like a bridge does.
With a high level of oral hygiene and regular trips to the dentist, implants can last a life time, making them an excellent long-term solution for missing teeth.
Dental Implants West End
At My Dental Care @ West End, we provide a wide range of restorative dental services. Whether you’re looking to have Invisalign, dental implants or anything in between- we’re happy to assist you in any way we can!
Contact us today and take that step towards improving your smile and overall oral health.