Anyone who loses a tooth in Yorkshire in this day and age will take a look at the option of dental implants in Leeds. These medical miracles replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown, restoring full functionality. This means no more slipping teeth, slurred speech or soft food diet: all potential issues with dentures. And no keeping teeth in a jar by the side of the bed. Dental implants are fixed in place.
Although dental implants in Leeds aren’t suitable for everyone, if someone does go ahead with implant surgery at a dental practice in the area, such as Enhancedental, they may rightly feel that the hard part is over. And so, it is, but there’s still some way to go before the treatment is fully complete.
The reason dental implants are so secure and such a solid and stable foundation for chewing is because they are fixed directly into the jawbone. Implants are made from titanium, which is a biocompatible material. This means that it is seen as natural tissue by the body, which grows blood vessels and bone around the implant, integrating it into the jawbone and securing it in place as well as a natural tooth root.
However, this integration process takes time. Depending on the health of the patient and certain lifestyle factors such as whether or not they smoke, the healing process for dental implants in Leeds takes 1-3 months.
While this healing is taking place, the patient needs to be very careful of their implant and not give it too much to do. The dentist can fit a temporary replacement tooth, but it won’t have the full functionality of a permanent crown. The patient will need to start off on a liquid diet and then move to soft foods while the implant heals.
But it’s worth the wait. After a few weeks, a new crown can be fitted, then the patient can look forward to a lifetime of nutritious chewy and crunchy foods.
Implant-supported teeth still need to be maintained in the same way as natural teeth: twice daily brushing and flossing and visits to the dentist and hygienist twice a year.