There are 2 things most of us want from our teeth. We want them to be able to bite and chew up anything we fancy eating. And we want them to look really good. It may not seem much to ask but as you get older, teeth can start to fail and as they come out, it becomes harder and harder to chew.
So how are you going to replace them? Many people these days are opting for dental implants, which are available from College Street Dental Centre in Petersfield.
Dental implants are the only way to replace the entire tooth, including the root. This is done with a small titanium post or screw that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor operation for which you will need only a local anaesthetic.
It then takes some months for the dental implant to bond with your jawbone, which grows new tissue all over the newly introduced implant.
Once fusion is complete, we can add a custom-made porcelain crown that will blend in with the rest of your teeth.
But maybe you need more than one tooth replaced? No problem. Dental implants are incredibly versatile. One implant can hold up to 3 crowns on a bridge, and dentists have found ways to use this to your advantage. For example, all-on-4 is a technique that uses 4-6 implants to replace an entire arch of teeth, 4 on the lower jaw, 6 on the upper. Extra-long implants go in at the back of the jaw and extend along it at a 45° angle towards the front of the jaw, where normal sized implants are put in vertically.
Often with this technique, it is possible to leave with a temporary set of teeth attached to the implants. You won’t be able to chew on them until the implants have fused with the bone, but you won’t have to go toothless either.
Taking care of your implants is relatively simple too. If you keep up a diligent plaque removal routine with regular hygienist appointments added in, your implants can last for decades.
Want to know more? Come on in for a consultation.