Dental implants provide a dentist with a permanent way of replacing any natural teeth you have lost, creating a realistic-looking, natural-acting, long-term alternative to traditional dental bridgework and dentures.
For many centuries, dentures of one form or another have been trumpeted as the best solution to tooth loss. However, many people who wear them report serious problems with eating solid or chewy foods, with speech and pronunciation, and with self-esteem and body confidence.
Sutton Implant Clinic in Sutton Coldfield recommends using dental implants to stabilise your dentures, enabling them to look and act in a similar fashion to natural teeth.
The main reason that traditional dentures become loose isn’t that they expand like a pair of well-worn boots; dentures are made to be strong and durable. In fact, most denture issues are caused by changes to the density of your jaw bone. When the natural tooth roots are missing for any amount of time, the jaw bone begins to resorb or shrink back because of lack of stimulation, meaning your dentures become looser in fit.
Dental implants are bionic tooth roots. They are made out of titanium and are carefully placed in the jaw during minor surgery, which can be carried out under local anaesthetic or sedation, depending on the patient’s preference.
It takes a little time for the dental implants to fully integrate with the jaw bone, but when they do they will have a strength similar to that of natural tooth roots. Permanent new dentures can then be attached to the top of the dental implants, restoring a natural function that means you can:
- Eat all your favourite foods again
- Speak clearly and with confidence
- Enjoy and active social life without loose dentures getting in the way
Whilst your dental implants are healing, you may have a temporary denture fitted, or you may be able to keep wearing your old dentures after your dentist has undertaken the necessary adjustments.
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime; so long as you brush up on your dental hygiene and have regular check-ups with both your dentist and hygienist, they will last you many years.