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How Dental Implants Can Transform Your Smile

Most of us care about the way we look, and studies consistently suggest that our smile is our most important physical characteristic. If you have missing teeth, this can affect the look of your smile, but it can also have a detrimental impact on your confidence. The good news is that we have some incredible options for patients with gaps in their smile, including dental implants.

The ins and outs of implants

Dental implants are the new kid on the block in terms of tooth replacement treatments. Implants are small, screw-like devices, which are made from titanium. They are inserted into openings in the jaw bone, and they serve to support a new tooth. The implant essentially becomes the tooth root, and once it has settled into the bone tissue through a process called osseointegration, it can be connected to a crown, a bridge or a denture. Implants are suitable for both the bottom and top arches of teeth, and they can be used to replace a single lost tooth or multiple missing teeth. Once your implants are in place, your smile will look completely natural, and you’ll be able to eat and speak with confidence.

How is an implant fitted?

Dental implants are most commonly placed under sedation or local anaesthetic. The procedure involves creating a small socket in the jaw bone and then placing the implant inside the opening. The tissue flap in the gum is then sutured and the implant is left to heal. Once the healing process is complete, the head of the implant can be attached to a new restoration, which replaces the crown section. Implant treatment usually takes 3-8 months, but there are same-day solutions available. Our Chelmsford,Essex dentists will be happy to discuss options with you and answer any questions you have about dental implants or the processes involved in treatment.

Bridging the Gap Between Teeth With High Quality Dental Bridges

Do you have a missing tooth? Missing teeth can affect the look of the smile, but they can also have negative implications for your oral health and your confidence. We highly recommend replacing lost teeth and we have some excellent options available, including high-quality dental bridges.

About dental bridges

Dental bridges quite literally bridge the gap between natural teeth when a tooth has been lost through injury or oral disease. The aim of the bridge is to provide a natural looking replacement tooth and improve the aesthetic of the smile. There are various types of bridges available, and the type of bridge will often depend on the location of the gap. In most cases, a traditional fixed bridge is the best option. This type of bridge is made from a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is fused to a crown on either side. The false tooth is usually designed to match the natural teeth perfectly using porcelain or other ceramic materials.

What does treatment involve?

Fitting a bridge usually requires two appointments. During the first session, your dentist will create the mould for your bridge. This is to ensure that it fits perfectly for a seamless finish. Once your bespoke bridge has been created, it will be sent back to us and we will fit it during your second appointment. The procedure is painless.

The advantages of a dental bridge

Dental bridges offer a fantastic option for patients who have lost natural teeth. Bridges can be made from materials to match the natural teeth, they last up to 15 years and the procedure is much faster and less complex than dental implants. Bridges are also significantly cheaper than implants.