Dental implants can replace dentures for a more comfortable, secure fit.
For decades, the only thing you could do when you lost your teeth was replace them with a set of false teeth or dentures. These could be quite cumbersome; a row of fake teeth fixed to a plate that slotted into either the roof of your mouth or lower jaw. They could cause all sorts of problems with a patient’s gums, rubbing away causing them to recede or bleed, leading to infections. But, of course, dentistry has come a long way since then.
Now, if you have a tooth knocked out or have lost some to decay, you can have a dental implant fitted instead. This works on the same principle as dentures, with a fake tooth fitted into the gap in your mouth, but in this case the dental implant is actually fused into the jawbone during a short, minor operation. Your gum tissue will actually grow back around the implant so the implant will look and feel like a real tooth.
Dental implants may seem like a perfect solution to tooth loss, but like most medical procedures they do have some negative aspects. For one thing, they are a lot more expensive than dentures. This can be balanced out by the fact that they require less maintenance and once they’re fitted, that should be the end of it – apart from your regular check-ups, obviously! The positives are much more numerous; patients have described implants as comfortable, secure, natural-looking and functional.
Of course, in the bad old days you had to take your dentures out to clean them effectively and make sure you’d got rid of all those annoying bits of food stuck under the bridge. While this is less likely with implants, you still have to maintain a very strict oral hygiene routine and there are lots of dedicated toothbrushes and types of dental floss, specifically aimed at the dental implant wearer.
If you live in the Chiswick area and currently have missing teeth issues, you could talk to your dentist and see if you are a suitable case for dental implants. Your quality of life is bound to improve, and you will find that you can eat all of your favourite foods once again!
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