Here at Ingrams Dental Practice in Coalville, dental implants have been changing people’s lives. Implants are the closest thing we can get to growing a new tooth ourselves.
Implants act in the same was as a natural tooth root aside from the sensation we feel in a natural tooth. They can last the rest of your lifetime of confident chewing, talking and laughing.
Many of us know about the benefits of dental implants, but not many of us will know the details of how they actually work.
Dental implant surgery
In Coalville, dental implants are inserted during a minor surgical procedure. A small hole needs to be created in the patient’s jawbone to allow a suitable space for the dental implant to be inserted.
The aim is for the jawbone to have as much contact with the implant as possible. This encourages the two to fuse and form a stable foundation for a crown, bridge or even dentures to be attached.
Your options with dental implants
Dental implants are a very versatile treatment that can support a range of different tooth replacement options.
If you are missing a single tooth, then you can use a custom-made crown supported by a single dental implant. This can fill a gap in someone’s smile perfectly.
If you’re in need of more than one replacement tooth then you can choose to have a bridge supported by an implant. You don’t need an implant for each tooth you want to replace.
The number of implants you need depends on the density of the jawbone. A single implant can support a bridge comprising of up to three replacement teeth.
Dental implants can be used to stabilise troublesome dentures. This is ideal for people who have been living with problematic dentures for a long time. Over time dentures can become a problem because of the changing nature of the jawbone.
When the jawbone loses stimulation from tooth roots, it begins to lose their shape and density. Implants provide the same stimulation as a tooth root does so they can help this issue from developing to the point of the lips and mouth having a ‘sunken in’ look.