Are the replacement teeth you had inserted years ago, now giving you problems? Unfortunately, the likelihood of having to change them every five to ten years is high, because while they last a long time, they do not last forever.
Southampton dental implants, however, are the exception to this if they are looked after by the user. Skip the inconvenience of having to replace your crowns with new ones every couple of years, thanks to the ingenious technology of dental implantology.
Tell me more about the benefits?
The most significant advantage of having implants is that you will not have to change your lifestyle for the sake of preserving your teeth. Enjoy the food and drink you want, without facing concerns about damaging the implant.
Take care of your tooth in the same way you would your natural ones. Some people believe that because the teeth are not, by definition, “real”, they do not need to be given the same attention, which is false. While durable and resistant to the elements, without proper dental care, your implant is prone to wear and tear and will likely need replacing eventually.
Apart from helping you to obtain a beautiful smile, replacing a missing tooth or upgrading to implants improves your overall oral health. If you do not seek out immediate dental attention in an emergency, the tissue underneath where the tooth once was becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Without the vital protection the tooth once provided, you become susceptible to an array of nasty infections.
At the same time, having no tooth to exercise the surrounding tissue means the muscle is under-stimulated, which can result in muscle atrophy. Sufferers of muscle atrophy will see a change in their facial appearance with a slackened jaw, which makes you look older.
What is the procedure that I have to undergo?
Dental implantology occurs in four stages from start to finish.
Stage one – the consultation. Your dentist assesses your teeth, gums and mouth to see whether you are a suitable candidate. Implants are ruled out if you have bad gums, limited bone, suffer from diabetes or have recently undergone radiation therapy. However, do not worry; your dental practitioner will recommend alternative treatments instead.
Stage two – drilling. The implant, which is the size and shape of a screw, is drilled into your jaw. The screw is made of titanium, a metal used in many surgical procedures because your body sees it as part of its own. The time it takes for the implant to become fully embedded varies, but it usually takes a few months should there be no complications.
Stage three – fitting the abutment. The abutment is what connects the implant and the replacement tooth or crown.
Stage four – placement of the crown. At this stage, you can look forward to a tooth that is the same colour and shape as your neighbouring teeth, and a life that changes for the better.
Whether you need to replace existing dentures or have recently experienced a mouth trauma that has left you with a missing tooth or two, implants are the life-saving treatment you have been looking for.