There are currently millions of people living without all of their teeth. For one reason or another, many of these people also haven’t gone to the dentist for treatment. Some avoid the dentist out of a fear of what they think is going to be a painful experience, while others don’t see the point, especially if one or more teeth have gone missing at the back of the mouth where they can’t really be seen. But, the importance of replacing missing teeth can't be overstated and today dentures aren't your only option.
Dentists all over the world consider dental implants to be the most sophisticated solution there is to missing teeth. This is why Warrendale Dental in Herefordshire offers this clinically proven treatments.
It is often wise to replace a missing tooth for several reasons. Your jawbone is strengthened by your teeth when you chew. In areas where teeth are missing the jaw lacks this stimulation and can start to shrink. Over time, your facial muscles can start to weaken and make you look older than you are.
Your teeth sit alongside each other, ensuring that each tooth stays in its correct place. Gaps can encourage other teeth to move. Gaps can also trap food potentially causing gum disease and tooth decay.
Self-confidence can also be a problem for many who have missing teeth. Dental implants can greatly help to improve self-esteem, personal appearance and confidence levels.
How are dental implants placed?
Your dentist will expose the jaw where the dental implants will go – this is not always exactly where the old tooth was. The dental implant itself is a small titanium post. It will be inserted directly into the jawbone, where new bone and blood vessels will mesh around it. This will secure it in place.
The next stage involves giving the jawbone and gums time to heal. This also give your dental implants time to fully integrate into the jawbone. Once this process is complete, your replacement teeth can be attached to complete your restoration. Your custom-made replacement teeth will be designed to match your remaining teeth. The end result is both a natural look and feel.