What are Dental Implants and How Can They Help?

Dental implants in Herefordshire are one of the leading ways to improve a person’s smile. They are considered to be very effective and in many cases are transformative when it comes to increasing a person’s confidence regarding their appearance. Implant surgery has replaced the idea of getting dentures for many people, but what does it involve and how can the patient benefit from this?

What are dental implants?

Implants are the modern solution for the patient suffering from tooth loss. They are a direct replacement for the root of the tooth and are composed of a special type of metal known as titanium. Titanium is extremely durable and has been proven to be very compatible with human tissues.

The titanium implant is embedded into the jawbone of the patient where the original tooth root once resided. After a period of healing, which is usually a few weeks, the dentist will then apply a piece of material on top of the implant which is known as an abutment. An artificial tooth, or crown goes onto the abutment, making the tooth replacement process complete.

Natural look and feel

Having missing teeth replaced using dental implants is an increasingly popular choice because the new teeth look very natural and feel just like the originals. Unlike using dentures to replace teeth, the patient need not worry about their new teeth being obvious to others or causing any issues with their speech, smile or even during laughing or sneezing.

Eat as normal

Because the implants provide a very stable base for the new tooth or teeth, the patient does not need to worry about having to change their diet. Those who opt for dentures often have to be careful about what they eat, avoiding very hard or chewy foodstuffs for fear of dislodging their teeth. The patient who has been treated with implants has no such concerns: they can eat all their favourite foods as normal without having to make any changes or concessions.

Long lasting and low maintenance

The patient who has had their missing teeth replaced with dentures will have to make regular appointments with their dentist to get a new set fitted. This is because there are gaps in the gums where the roots of the teeth used to be that are not filled by the dentures. Over time, the gums shrink to accommodate these gaps. This means that the size and shape of the mouth will change, and the original dentures will no longer fit.

Those who opt for implants have no such issues. Once their teeth have been replaced using new titanium roots, it is simply a matter of caring for them in the same way as with natural teeth: regular brushing and flossing. Implants can last for many years when they are well cared for, and in many cases, they replace the teeth for the lifetime of the patient.

Dental implants are a highly effective and durable solution for anyone who has missing teeth. It is worth noting that the patient should have healthy gums before embarking on this treatment. However, even if this is not the case, there are ways that any issues can be resolved in order to ensure that implant surgery can go ahead.

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