As you bid a sad farewell to teeth that have done you proud, it’s ok to feel a sense of loss. These have been valued body parts and losing them is a big deal. You may also feel a sense of trepidation as you look to the future and wonder how best to replace them. You have 4 options:
- Do nothing and live with the gaps
- Get a bridge
- Get dentures
- Get dental implants in Cheltenham
If you want our opinion, here at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we think that dental implants are the most effective way that modern dentistry has found to replace teeth. This is because dental implants:
- Replace not just the crowns of the teeth, but the roots too
- Give you back your full chewing power
- Are stable and won’t start wobbling around
- Maintain a strong and healthy jawbone
- Are easy to look after
- Last for a long time, maybe your whole life.
- That’s quite a long list of advantages. Let’s look at a couple in more depth.
Because dental implants in Cheltenham are embedded into the jawbone, you don’t have to take them out at night to rest your gums or to soak them clean. All you have to do is brush and floss them carefully morning and night. You also need to make sure to have regular deep cleans with the hygienist. You are aiming to keep plaque at bay so that your dental implants do not succumb to gum disease. They can’t be affected by dental decay. If you do this, you can expect your implants to last for at least 15 years, but it’s not uncommon for them to last for decades.
Full chewing power
Because dental implants are inserted into the jawbone, where they integrate with the bone tissue, they have immense chewing power, as good as your natural teeth. That’s about 200lb or 97kg, which is no mean feat for a little titanium post. You get your food choices back (think nuts, celery, roast potatoes, even steaks) and as eating is one of life’s fundamental pleasures, that’s a big, big plus.