If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants may already be on your radar. They have exploded in popularity as a way to replace missing teeth in recent years, but are they really the best solution to tooth loss? Let’s take a look at what dental implants can do. . .
Ask any dentist and they will always stress the importance of replacing any missing teeth, one way or another. Not to do so can have serious consequences. Extra strain is instantly placed on all of your remaining teeth when you bite and chew food, and those teeth may also move into the gaps, becoming crooked and harder to keep clean in the process, which can ultimately result in you losing more teeth.
Blue Sky Dentistry in Belfast offers dental implant treatments to suit all clinical situations, whether just one tooth, some teeth, or all of your teeth are missing. Implants provide not just the only permanent solution to tooth loss, but also the only way for a dentist to replace tooth roots. This is important to the health of your jaw bone as well as to keeping your teeth in place.
Unlike traditional dental bridgework, which relies on adjacent teeth for support and can often require the loss of healthy tooth structure for crowns to be fitted, implant-retained bridges are held firmly in place by dental implants. A bridge affixed to dental implants can also contain more false teeth; whilst traditional bridges can support one or two teeth, in some cases a full-arch bridge combined with implants can replace all the teeth in one jaw.
Traditional dentures are well-known for becoming loose over time. This is caused at least in part by shrinkage of the jaw bone, which is a natural consequence of the tooth roots being missing. Because dental implants are bionic tooth roots, they stop this from happening, and hold your denture firmly in place.
With dental implants you will be able to:
- Eat whatever you like, with no restrictions; even juicy steak or crunchy carrots are back on the menu
- Speak with clarity
- Enjoy an active social life with no fear of your dentures escaping.