Losing your teeth can cause problems with eating, speaking and your self-esteem. You may be embarrassed about smiling and this can affect your social interactions. Dentures and bridges used to be the only option and were often unsatisfactory. Now, new technology has allowed patients to benefit from the advantages of dental implants. Implants are more natural looking, stable and comfortable, so you can eat your favourite foods again and smile confidently. They act in the same way as the natural tooth roots so can also improve the health of the jaw. This is because they stimulate the bone and tissues during biting and chewing, preventing the shrinkage that can happen when missing teeth are replaced in other ways.
How do dental implants work?
A small titanium screw is inserted into the jaw during a minor operation. This is performed using local anaesthetic, so it is comfortable. Over the next six to eight weeks, the bones and blood vessels of the jaw mesh around the implant, stabilising it and ensuring that it stays in place. When it is secure, the implant is used as a base for crowns, dentures or bridges. Sometimes it is possible to fit the implants and replacement teeth on the same day. This means that you can enjoy a new look immediately and start to benefit from an improved quality of life very quickly. Polwarth Dental Clinic in Edinburgh has helped many patients with dental implants and find that they offer a great long-term solution.
How long do implants last?
Just as you need to look after natural teeth, your dental implants will also need care. Otherwise they can develop a bacterial coating in the same way as other teeth, which can lead to soreness, infection and gum disease. This can lead to bad breath or the loss of other teeth. Your dentist will advise on how to look after and clean your new teeth properly. With the correct attention, your implants can last for several decades. Investing in dental implants could be the start of a happier and healthier future for you.