Let’s be honest: having missing teeth sucks. You may think you are happy to put up with it because you’re telling yourself that it doesn’t really matter at your age, but is that true? For many people, having missing teeth is a source of anxiety and embarrassment. Feelings aside, missing teeth can also lead to further medical complications. For example, if you have missing teeth, you are leaving your remaining natural teeth exposed more to bacteria, which can lead to an increased risk in cavities for those teeth. Missing teeth have even been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Whatever your concerns about missing teeth are, dental implants Nottingham offer a natural-looking solution and function like your natural teeth – win-win!
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are made from titanium metal screws that can be attached to the jawbone in order to act as artificial roots for your replacement teeth. Replacement teeth may be crowns, bridges or dentures, and these are attached to the screws, resulting in teeth that are firmly fixed in place.
What are the benefits of choosing dental implants?
Dental implants offer a natural-looking smile, but the plus points don’t end there; they could also make you look younger! When people have missing teeth, they can sometimes find that their face becomes shrunken due to the lack of structure afforded to their face by the gaps in their smiles. With implants, they add the structure back into their face, and the effect can be a fresher and more youthful glow!
Another benefit of implants can be improved speech. Some people may find that when they have missing teeth, their speech becomes impaired. With dental implants taking the place of natural teeth, this issue should be resolved. Furthermore, caring for your implants is as easy as caring for your natural teeth; all you need to do is brush and floss regularly and go for your routine dental checkups to ensure that they are kept in tip-top condition. If you do this, you may find that your dental implants last you a lifetime – that’s got to be worth a few minutes a day!
A further advantage of choosing implants is the fact that you don’t have to adapt your diet and do things like only eating soft foods. No matter what you eat, your implants shouldn’t be going anywhere. You should also find that nobody will realise that you don’t have a full set of natural teeth, and you should be able to feel confident that your implants won’t let you down and give the game away.
Getting your implants
To be eligible for implants, a dentist will examine your mouth first and check things such as your jawbone having enough bone density to attach the implants. If you don’t have enough, they may recommend having a bone graft first. Whatever your requirements are, a dentist will be able to advise you on the treatment plan and answer any questions you may have about how to get the treatment you need to smile, both inside and out!