Missing Teeth? Have You Considered Dental Implants?
If you are missing one or more teeth then your dentist in Downham Market will probably have explained the importance of replacing them as soon as you can. Even the loss of a single tooth can affect your remaining natural teeth as they will try to shift towards the gap left behind. If your teeth move in any way it can affect their stability and it can impact the way your teeth bite together. Your choices for tooth replacement include partial dentures to replace one or more missing teeth or full dentures to replace complete arches of teeth, or you can use dental bridges to replace one or more missing teeth. However an increasingly popular option is to have dental implants.
So What Exactly Is an Implant?
Traditional dental implants have three separate parts. There is an implant post which is made from titanium and this is inserted into the jawbone during a short surgical procedure that can be carried out by your implant dentist in Downham Market. Once in place, the post has to integrate with your natural bone and this can take several months. When the post is fully integrated with your jawbone, the abutment can be attached. There are lots of different types of abutments, depending on the final restoration being used to replace the tooth. Once the abutment is in position, the next stage will be for your dentist to make your new restoration which could be a crown, bridge or implant supported denture. Finally, the restoration will be fitted over the abutment, completing treatment.
What Makes Dental Implants Such a Great Choice?
Dental implants can often be a better choice for your dental health as there is no need for your dentist to cut down healthy teeth to support the bridge or to modify any teeth to support a partial denture. Even though the procedure can take a little longer, dental implants in Downham Market can be a long lasting option. The success rates for dental implant treatment can be around 95% or even higher, provided you’re prepared to look after your implant after the procedure is completed. Dental implants can also provide a very strong and stable platform for replacement teeth, holding them firmly in position so you don’t need to worry when you eat or talk with other people. Treatment can be particularly beneficial for anyone struggling with loose dentures, especially as relatively few dental implants are needed to secure a full denture.
It’s true that dental implants in Downham Market are not necessarily the cheapest option for replacing missing teeth, but when you take a longer term view then this choice can become increasingly attractive. Treatment can take several months to complete, particularly if you require any additional procedures such as bone grafts but in spite of this dental implants can still represent the optimal choice for good dental health and for good aesthetics.
The really great thing about dental implants is that most people are suitable but to find out for sure why not book a consultation with a dentist at Downham Market Dental Care? Call us on 01366 382265 for more information or to schedule an appointment.