At Smile Design Dental, we know that replacing missing teeth is not simply a matter of crowns and bridges and full dentures. What goes on under the gum-line is just as important for a lot of people who have lost one or more teeth.
Dental implants in Buckinghamshire can have a hugely beneficial impact on patients because they replace the missing root as well as the tooth. Neither bridges nor dentures are able to do this.
Dental implants are tiny titanium screws. Titanium is a metal that has the amazing ability to integrate with our bone tissue. In Buckinghamshire, dental implants are fitted into the jawbone during oral surgery carried out under local anaesthetic. If you are especially anxious about oral surgery, you can opt for either oral or intravenous sedation so that you can fully relax during the surgery.
Once we have fitted the implants, your jawbone will need several weeks to heal. This is when new bone tissue and blood vessels will grow around the implants, and mesh with the metal to hold it securely in place. This is what creates a stable base for your new teeth to be able to cope with the multi-directional forces producing by biting and chewing.
In Buckinghamshire, dental implants are fitted by our dentists to resolve the top six problem areas that patients report. They can be used when all the upper teeth are missing; to replace missing back teeth; to replace one missing lower tooth or side tooth; and even to replace every single tooth at once.
That solves the root of the problem. What about the crowns? Well, we know that no one really wants to look like their teeth are not their own, which is why the crown (white) part of the teeth is hand-made in a specialist laboratory to match your surrounding natural teeth. Or, if you are having all your teeth replaced and have a photograph of your smile, or impressions of your lost teeth, then they can be matched from these.
If you look after them carefully, your dental implants can last for the rest of your life, so they are well worth the investment.