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.