Losing just one tooth can have quite an effect on you, and when you start to lose more, the consequences increase exponentially. White we may think we can get away with one gap, the work our teeth do gets so much harder and replacing them becomes very important. Until the last 30 years or so, we could only opt for replacement teeth that sat on the gum, whether they were fixed to the neighbouring teeth, or removable. Now we can also opt for dental implants.
Dental implants are different from other kinds of artificial teeth in that they are anchored in the jawbone just as if they were natural teeth. They are inserted by specially trained implant dentists, such as the ones at Dental Implants Hampshire.
What’s So Good About Dental Implants?
Dental implants have gained popularity because they replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown, doing away with many of the problems associated with bridges and dentures. The teeth can get broken or lost. Many people also find that, no matter how well the dentist fits them, over time they become wobbly and loose in the mouth. It can be embarrassing if the teeth start moving around of their own volition, and it can also make it harder to speak clearly. On top of these inconveniences, many people can no longer get their teeth round their favourite foods, such as crunchy roast potatoes or sticky, chewy toffees.
How Implants Take Root In Your Mouth
The implant procedure takes place under local anesthetic. The dentist drills a new tooth socket into the jawbone and then inserts the implant. This is a tiny post made out of titanium. Titanium is used because it is lightweight and also because of its remarkable ability to encourage new bone growth and to actually fuse with the new bone. This fusion allows the jawbone to hold the implant securely in place just as it would a real tooth. It takes several weeks for this fusion process to occur, and once it has, an internal screw called an abutment is inserted into the post. The abutment is the platform onto which artificial teeth can be fitted.