People can have missing teeth for a number of reasons. From poor oral hygiene to accidents, illness or medications, there are many causes of missing teeth and some of them are unavoidable. Whatever the cause of your missing teeth, finding a solution to replacing them that is convenient, discreet and reliable is a priority for your oral health. Replacing missing teeth ensures that you don’t develop further issues with your teeth and gums, as leaving gaps in your smile can leave remaining natural teeth over-exposed to bacteria. What’s more, having missing teeth is also linked to higher risk of heart disease and while the correlation is still unclear, it is well worth replacing missing teeth to avoid such issues, aside from the fact it will also give you a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
So, how do you get a smile that you can rely on? What is the treatment of choice? Many patients are now looking at the modern solution to replacing teeth with dental implants Leicester.
What are they?
Dental implants are small screws that are attached to the jawbone, where you have missing teeth. The screws are fitted securely and this is ensured as the body’s tissues heal around them, embedding them firmly into place. These screws are then the posts to which replacement teeth may be attached to. Replacement teeth can be either crowns, bridges or dentures. It will depend on how many teeth you need replacing as to which replacement option you have. Crowns are normally used to replace a single tooth, bridges are used for several teeth that are being replaced, whereas dentures are reputedly used to treat whole mouths.
Why do people opt for dental implants?
When it comes to choosing dental implants, there are many advantages for doing so. Firstly, dental implants provide the reassurance that your replacement teeth won’t loosen when you are speaking or eating. This means that you won’t need to adapt your diet to avoid chewy or hard foods, for example, and you can continue to enjoy life in the same way as you did when you had all of your natural teeth. Furthermore, dental implants allow patients to keep their replacement teeth in their mouth 24-7; they can’t be removed, unlike other replacement teeth options that need to be taken out when you go to bed, for example.
Dental implants are also really easy to maintain. All you need to do to take care of your implants is brush and floss regularly, see your dentist for routine checkups, and in doing so, your implants could last a lifetime! Why? Because your replacement teeth won’t develop cavities and the screws won’t corrode. The implants are made of titanium, which is a particularly good material for being compatible with hard-tissue and being resistant to corrosion.
Find out more
If you are interested in finding out if dental implants could be the treatment for you, then all you need to do is book in for a consultation with a dentist who offers implants. They will be able to assess you, possibly taking x-rays, and will then present you with the treatment options. If dental implants are considered a suitable treatment for you, then you can look forward to having a natural-looking smile that functions like one too! Don’t miss out and find out more today.