If you have one or more missing teeth, you may be experiencing problems eating or even speaking. You may also be self-conscious about smiling and this can affect your social interactions and self-esteem. In the past, dentures or bridges used to be the only option but new technology has allowed patients to benefit from the many advantages of dental implants. They are more natural-looking, stable and comfortable so you can eat your favourite foods again and smile with confidence. They also improve the health of the jaw as they act in the same way as the root of a natural tooth. This stimulates the bone and tissues and prevents degeneration and loss which can happen when missing teeth are replaced in other ways.
How do dental implants work?
A small metal screw is inserted into the jaw during a minor operation. This is performed using local anaesthetic so it is comfortable. The bones and tiny blood vessels of the jaw mesh around the implant, stabilising it and ensuring that it stays in place. When it is secure, it can be used as a base for artificial teeth, a whole set of dentures or bridges. Your new teeth are custom made to match the tone and appearance of your teeth for a natural look. As soon as the replacement teeth are fitted, you will find that you can eat and speak as normal, as well as enjoying an enhanced appearance. Warrendale Dental have helped patients in Herefordshire with dental implants for over a decade.
How long do implants last?
Just as you need to look after natural teeth, your dental implants will also need care. Otherwise, they can develop a coating in the same way as other teeth which can lead to soreness, infection and gum disease. Your dentist will advise on how to look after and clean your new teeth properly. With the correct attention, your implants can last for several decades. Having implants are a long-term investment, allowing you to enjoy a better quality of life and feel better about how you look.