A missing tooth can ruin a beautiful smile. Thankfully, with today’s modern dentistry techniques there are solutions available that will recreate that perfect smile. Dental implants are ideal for a wide range of cosmetic solutions, whether you’re just missing a single tooth or have several teeth that need replacing. Dental implants provide a long term solution that not only can help you feel more confident, but can also be much more comfortable and practical than other, less permanent tooth replacement techniques.
Dental implants are small titanium rods that are placed into the jawbone. The replacement tooth is then attached to this rod using a screw fit or other locking mechanism, making the replacement permanent. Implants can be used to support a single tooth or several, depending on the requirements.
Before dental implants are considered, your dentist will carry out a thorough examination of your jaw to ensure that you are suitable for treatment. Thankfully, as dental technology has moved on, more people are now suitable for the most modern forms of dental implants, making them a cost-effective and easy way to replace a lost tooth. In previous years, dental implants often took several months to complete. Now, thanks to modern methods and materials, dental implants can be done quickly and with the minimum of discomfort. While there still may be a considerable time delay in positioning the final implant if bone grafting or alternative preliminary treatment is needed, most implants can be done relatively easily and with only a few visits to your specialist dental expert.
This is a common concern for anyone considering dental implants or any form of cosmetic dentistry. While you may experience a certain amount of discomfort initially, the procedures are carried out under anaesthetic and, once the implant is in place you should be able to eat and drink normally within a matter of 24-48 hours. After that, your implant is a permanent fixture and is indistinguishable from the real thing.
Once fixed, a dental implant can last a lifetime. Implants are an excellent way to ward off the signs of aging that tooth loss can lead to. They also have other benefits, in that they can help to preserve the adjacent gum tissue and bone that can often be damaged by conventional dentures or bridgework. Most importantly, dental implants can give you an enormous confidence boost, so you never need to worry about things like smiling for a photograph again.
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