Dental implants are the only permanent way to replace missing teeth. At Bow House dental clinic in Hertfordshire, dental implants can be combined with dentures, a bridge, or a single crown to restore both natural appearance and action to your jaw, no matter how many teeth you have lost.
The major problem with traditional dentures is that they only replace the crown parts of our teeth. But natural teeth comprise both roots and crowns, and when the roots are missing for any considerable period of time the jaw bone will start to resorb or shrink, because it is no longer being stimulated.
Because dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, they help to prevent this problem. Placed directly in your jaw bone in a small operation – which most patients at our Hertfordshire dental practice only need local anaesthetic for – they will bond firmly with the jaw bone during a process called osseointegration.
Dental implants are made out of titanium, which is osteoconductive – meaning that it encourages the growth of new bone tissue and blood vessels. Once your Hertfordshire dentist has restored your implants with your permanent new teeth, they will have all the functionality of a second set of healthy adult teeth.
This means that you can:
- Eat whatever you choose
- Speak clearly and confidently
- Enjoy an active social life without the restrictions placed by loose-fitting dentures.
Your dental implants and the new teeth attached to them are so much like natural teeth that they require the same high standards of care. Immediately after implant placement and again when teeth have been restored your Hertfordshire dentist will give you detailed aftercare instructions, which you should follow to the letter.
A visit to the hygienist will help you to learn how to clean your dental implants and new teeth effectively, because plaque bacteria can still build up on these false teeth and can cause serious gum problems if not kept in check.
You also need to attend regular follow-up appointments with your Hertfordshire dentist at Bow House to ensure that your new teeth, implants, and gums remain in prime condition, and last you for life.