How to replace your missing teeth

Now that you have missing teeth, you are probably wondering about the best way to replace them. In 2017, we have more choice than ever before when it comes to replacing teeth. We have the tried and tested methods of dentures and fixed bridges, and we have the increasingly popular method of dental implants in Buckinghamshire.

We say that like dental implants are a new thing, but they have been on the dental market for around 40 years now. They are hardly the new kids on the block, but during those 40 years, innovative dentists have been pushing the boundaries of what dental implants can do, and more people have been cottoning on to just how much more effective they are than bridges and dentures.

Dental Implants in BuckinghamshireThis is because dental implants in Buckinghamshire are inserted into the jawbone, rather than resting on the gums as dentures do, or using adjacent teeth for support, like bridges. Neither method can give anything like the chewing power of your natural teeth, but dental implants do. This means you can eat what you like, including foods that are normally off limits to denture and bridge wearers, such as steaks and toffees.

What makes dental implants so sturdy?

The implant posts, which are inserted into your jawbone to replace your tooth roots, are made of titanium. This strong, lightweight metal somehow gets recognised by the body as being a friend, so instead of the immune system kicking in to get rid of the implants, the bone reacts with a welcoming hug and embraces the implant in newly grown bone cells and blood vessels. After a few weeks, it is held as securely in place as your original tooth root.

Each implant can hold up to three crowns, and there are techniques to put an entire arch of teeth on just four implants, as well as to use them to stabilise dentures. Dental implants in Buckinghamshire aren’t cheap, so both these methods reduce the investment required, making them available to more patients.

Another great thing about dental implants is that they will almost certainly last you for the rest of your life, so they are a great long-term investment. To find out more, come to Smile Design Dental for a consultation.