Losing a tooth can cause a number of problems, including discomfort when eating, the movement of surrounding teeth and damage to the appearance of a smile. However, losing a tooth doesn’t have to be the end of the world, as today’s dental technology has an ace up its sleeve: dental implants.
What are dental implants and what can they do for me?
Dental implants are basically false teeth that not only replace a missing tooth, but also the tooth root. Dental implants are comprised of a metal titanium post, which is fitted into the jawbone and left to fuse. Once your implant is solidly in place, an abutment can be attached, to which a false tooth or teeth is finally fitted.
What does the procedure for dental implants involve?
Firstly, you will be assessed to see if you are suitable for implants. If you are suffering with bone density problems, you may have to undergo a bone graft, which is used to strengthen your jawbone. Once your jaw is pronounced fit for implantation, the gum tissue around the jawbone the implant is to be fitted is lifted and a small hole is made, into which the implant is inserted. The gum tissue will then be stitched over the implant and your gum will be left to heal for around three to six months. After this time, the tissue over the implant will be lifted and an abutment will be fitted, to which your new tooth or teeth are then fixed.
How many teeth can I replace with dental implants?
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth (in which can a crown will be attached), several teeth (a bridge will be used in this instance) or a whole arch of teeth (several implants and dentures will be used in this case). Contact the team at Advance Dental Clinic in the heart of Chelmsford for more information.