Dental implants are one of the most sought after treatments for people who have lost teeth or who suffer with tooth degradation.
They give you the opportunity to regain not only your smile but also your confidence and better oral health.
In this blog post, we'll delve into the world of dental implants, exploring what they are, their benefits, the process of getting them in the UK, and the transformative impact they've had on many of our patients’ lives.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are sophisticated, durable replacements for missing teeth that mimic the natural tooth structure.
They are made up of three main components:
a titanium post,
and a crown.
They provide a long lasting solution that addresses both the aesthetic and functional aspects of tooth loss, if cared for properly.
The titanium post is inserted into the jawbone, functioning as a substitute for the tooth root. This allows for secure integration with the bone over time through a process known as osseointegration.
The abutment connects the post to the crown, which is custom-made to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The popularity of dental implants can be attributed to their many benefits, which go beyond basic cosmetic enhancement:
Dental implants blend seamlessly with your existing teeth, creating a natural and attractive smile that boosts self-esteem and confidence.
Improved Oral Function:
Unlike removable dentures, implants allow for unrestricted eating, speaking, and smiling. Their stability prevents slippage or discomfort, offering a level of comfort that's often unmatched by alternatives.
Preservation of Jawbone:
When a tooth is lost, the underlying jawbone can deteriorate over time due to lack of stimulation. Dental implants stimulate the bone, preventing its degradation and maintaining facial structure.
With proper care and maintenance, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime, making them a cost-effective investment in the long run.
Unlike removable dentures, dental implants eliminate the need for messy adhesives and nightly removal. They become a permanent part of the mouth, simplifying your daily oral hygiene routine.
Your Dental Implant Journey
There are several stages to getting your new dental implants:
First of all, we need to assess whether dental implants are suitable for you. Our dental team will evaluate your oral health and discuss your goals. X-rays or CT scans may be taken to assess bone density and to plan your implant placement.
If you are suitable for dental implants then we will get you booked in for your treatment, during which we will insert the titanium post into the jawbone. The gum is then sutured over the implant, and a healing period of several months ensues, during which osseointegration occurs.
Once the implant has fused with the jawbone, a small connector called an abutment is attached to the post. This serves as the foundation for the crown.
The final step involves affixing the custom-made crown to the abutment. The crown is meticulously crafted to match your surrounding teeth, ensuring a natural appearance.
Regular follow-up appointments allow your dentist to monitor the healing process and address any concerns.
The Impact of Dental Implants
From improving speech and chewing capabilities to restoring self-confidence in social interactions, dental implants can be life-changing for people who have experienced tooth loss.
The longevity of dental implants eliminates the need for frequent replacements, contributing to reduced healthcare costs in the long term.
Their aesthetic appeal, functional benefits, and positive impact on oral health make them a sensible choice if you’re seeking comprehensive restoration.
If you think dental implants could be for you and would like to begin your journey with us then book your initial consultation with one of our experienced dental team now.