Losing a tooth can dent your confidence, causing you to hide your smile when it should be something you want to show off instead. Dental implants are a popular way to restore this lost confidence, as they provide a safe and natural-looking way to replace missing teeth.
If you fear visions of false teeth sitting in a glass of water by your bedside at night, there is nothing to worry about as having dental implants is a natural, long lasting way of maintaining what looks like a full set of teeth.
How do dental implants work?
The implant itself is a tiny titanium screw, which is gently placed into the jawbone at the location of the missing tooth, to effectively become the new root of the tooth. A crown or bridge can then be supported by the implant, to create what looks like a real tooth.
Are the implants visible?
Nobody will be able to tell that you are wearing a dental implant, as the end result is a natural-looking tooth. As implants are able to hold dentures firmly in place, you won’t have to worry about your teeth falling out – instead you will be able to eat, speak and smile with confidence.
Is the procedure painful?
Fitting dental implants is straightforward and is usually done under a local anaesthetic. You won’t feel any pain during the procedure but you may experiencing slight discomfort in the weeks following your surgery. Once the implant is in place, you will most likely need to wait around 12 weeks for it to settle, before a crown can be fitted on top.
How long will the implant last?
As a well-established treatment, implants will tend to last for as long as you look after them – just like your own natural teeth. Regular check-ups will help to ensure that your dental implants are being well cared for.
Are dental implants always the best solution?
As with all dental procedures it depends upon the individual, and you will need to see your dentist to confirm whether your jaw bone is healthy enough for implants to be used. Detailed planning will be required prior to the procedure, to ensure the most predictable outcome.
Many people have described having dental implants as the next best thing to retaining their own teeth, so if you are eager to find out more why not visit the Town Hall Dental website or call us on 01484 723788 to book a consultation.