Missing Teeth? Find Out About the Modern Way to Replace Them
Losing teeth can be extremely upsetting and if you are in this position, you’ll probably want to get them replaced as soon as possible. It’s vitally important to replace even a single missing tooth as its loss will affect your remaining natural teeth as they begin to shift out of position, impacting your bite and tooth stability. In addition, your teeth are important for eating and chewing food, and of course for talking and socialising with others.
In the past your options would have included dentures and dental bridges, but luckily nowadays there is a far more modern and long lasting solution. Dental implants in South Benfleet are becoming increasingly common and with very good reason; a well-placed and properly planned dental implant can last for decades and hopefully for life.
How Can Dental Implants Help Tooth Loss?
Dental implants are very versatile and can be used to replace just a single tooth, several teeth or even every single tooth in your mouth. They are a great way to replace missing teeth as they only have a positive effect on your oral health. Dental implants don’t require any of your remaining teeth to be adapted or cut down in order to support bridges or dentures. Instead, they help to preserve your jawbone and will ensure your remaining natural teeth stay in the correct positions. You’ll be able to enjoy a far greater variety of foods, enabling you to ensure your diet is varied enough to provide all the nutrients required for good general health.
Dental Implants Are Great for Stabilising Loose Dentures
Dental implants can be particularly good for stabilising loose dentures. Many patients initially find that dentures fit quite well but after a few years the shape of the jaw bone changes as the bone gradually reabsorbs, and this affects the overall stability and retention of the denture. Just a few well-placed dental implants can often be sufficient to hold a denture firmly in position. The implants tend to be fitted towards the front of the mouth where the bone is thicker so there is often no need for a bone graft.
Although dental implants tend to be used to hold lower dentures in position, there’s no reason why they can’t be used to secure an upper denture as well. In fact this can be particularly nice as a conventional upper denture covers up the upper palate whereas an implant retained upper denture can be constructed in a horseshoe shape, uncovering the upper palate. This means the denture is far less bulky to wear but it also uncovers all the taste buds in the upper palate, so food becomes that much tastier.
What to Do If You’re Interested in Having Dental Implants in South Benfleet
If you live in the South Benfleet area and are thinking about having dental implants, then contact South Benfleet Dental Care so we can book you an appointment with our implant clinician. He will be able to examine your mouth and can explain this treatment in much more detail so you can make a truly informed choice about the best way to replace your missing teeth. Call us on 01268 793485 to book your appointment with our dentist in South Benfleet.