If you have lost some of your teeth, you may be wondering how to replace them. But before you settle for a fixed bridge or partial dentures, stop! There’s something else we can offer you in Buckinghamshire: dental implants.
It’s perfectly possible that you have never heard of dental implants. In Buckinghamshire, they have been available for a good couple of decades, but if you’ve never lost teeth before, you won’t have needed to know about them.
However, you do now, and we’ll tell you why. Dental implants can give you back the full functionality of your teeth, without filling your mouth with uncomfortable extras, or damaging neighbouring teeth. Both partial dentures and bridges can damage the natural teeth next to a gap. If you have a bridge, the neighbouring ones have to be ground down to fix the bridge onto. They can never be used as teeth in their own right again. We think that’s to be avoided if at all possible.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants avoid damaging your neighbouring teeth because they have their own supporting artificial roots that are inserted directly into the jawbone. Made of titanium, these screws, typically 1.3 millimetres long, actually integrate with the bone tissue over a period of weeks, and then cannot be dislodged. They give you back the firm chewing base you had when strong healthy teeth lived in that spot.
And, with dental implants stimulating the jawbone to renew itself, you don’t have to worry that your jawbone and gums will start to shrink away, which is what happens with bridges and dentures. They have no artificial roots to send tremors to tell the jawbone it’s still in use and needs to replenish its cells. Instead, the lack of tremors tell it that it’s no longer needed and both gum and jawbone shrink rapidly. That’s is why dentures that fit perfectly when you first get them become embarrassingly loose.
We know that dental implants are initially more expensive, but they will never need to be replaced if you look after them. Compare with that the cost of replacing bridges and dentures every few years, and you will soon want to invest in dental implants in Buckinghamshire.