If you’re avoiding cameras, smiling, talking, looking in the mirror or eating certain foods because you have missing teeth, you may be feeling fed up and frustrated. Whether you’ve lost your teeth due to an accident, poor oral hygiene or smoking for example, the fact remains that your mouth needs you to protect it from further complications by filling the gaps present in your smile. Dental implants Hertfordshire give you the smile you want by providing you with replacement teeth that are firmly fixed in place, just like your natural ones.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are metal screws that are used as artificial roots for your replacement teeth. They are connected to your jawbone in place of the roots of your teeth. The replacement teeth can be crowns, dentures or bridges, and these are attached to the screws using an abutment. You can feel confident in your smile staying put when you eat, drink, chat and get on with your life, because your teeth are attached to your skeleton!
Why should I go for implants?
While you will need to have a consultation with your dentist to check that dental implants are a suitable treatment option for you, there are many reasons why you should be excited by the prospect of having implants. Implants – and the replacement teeth – look completely natural, so nobody will know that they aren’t your real teeth, unless you decide to give the game away! The implants only need to be looked after by following your normal oral hygiene routine (brush and floss twice daily!), and they could last a lifetime if you do this.
Implants also protect any remaining healthy teeth that you have by reducing the exposure they have to bacteria. What’s more, dental implants also help to improve patients’ speech if their diction had been hampered by having gaps in their mouth. A further bonus is that as you can talk naturally, you can also eat naturally as well. You can eat whatever you like, as long as you look after your implants and visit the dentist regularly for check-ups. A further plus point is that they should be more comfortable than other replacement teeth options. With a treatment such as dentures, for example, that sit on the gums, there can be friction and discomfort caused. By having the replacement teeth firmly secured with dental implants, there should be no friction at all.
How will I know if I can have dental implants?
If you think that dental implants could be the treatment for you, you need to contact your dentist for an initial consultation to find out if they could work for you. Your dentist will be able to check things such as the bone density in your jawbone to ensure that there is enough bone to attach the screws to. Don’t worry if there isn’t; they may be able to offer a graft of bone to solve this issue. Whatever the dentist says, chat through the options with them and make sure you are really confident and happy in the decisions you are making about your treatment plan.
Choosing dental implants can definitely give your smile the boost it needs; why not boost your self-esteem and go for it?