If you have one, or even all of your teeth missing, you may have had dental implants recommended as a possible permanent solution to your tooth loss. If you are contemplating dental implants as a treatment option, it’s good to get the lowdown on what they are and how they can enhance your life.
What are dental implants?
In Cheltenham, dental implants are small metal screws made from titanium. Titanium interacts with our bodies in a very special way; it won’t corrode or cause irritation with the soft tissues in the mouth. It also encourages natural bone growth, stimulating the bone to grow onto the implant surface. The titanium screws anchor the implant in place providing a strong, stable base for a dental prosthetic such as a crown, bridge or denture onto the implant. We will use one or several implants to secure dental prosthetics in place.
How dental implants in Cheltenham will enhance your life
There are many advantages to dental implants, however there are two main areas of improvement.
No lifestyle changes
The first thing that may have changed when you lost teeth will be what you can and can’t eat. Chewing may have become problematic when eating dense or crunchy foods, meaning you’ll have cut them out of your diet. With dental implants there is no compromise; you can eat and drink anything you like. In addition, when you think of dentures, we often think of them soaking in a glass overnight. No matter what your age, this may feel like quite an adjustment to your lifestyle. With dental implants, since they are permanent, you don’t need to take them out for cleaning, you just brush and floss as normal.
Supporting your long-term oral health
Without the support of your tooth roots, your jawbone will start to deteriorate. This creates two potential problems for your mouth. Firstly, surrounding teeth can start to shift and fall into the gaps. Over time this will lead to further tooth loss. Secondly, since the facial muscles are no longer supported by the jawbone, the cheeks sag, prematurely aging you.
At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we can advise you on whether dental implants could be the permanent, long-term solution to your tooth loss.