Losing a tooth due to dental decay, trauma or gum disease can be a devastating experience that can seriously compromise the overall look, balance and function of your smile. While traditional restorations like crowns or bridges may provide some cosmetic and functional benefits, they require frequent replacement and many also cause damage to the rest of your teeth.
At Dental Implants Hampshire in Hampshire, dental implants are our treatment of choice for patients who wish to replace a single missing tooth. A single tooth dental implant is preferable over a fixed bridge that is attached to two or more teeth and requires the dentist to cut down healthy tooth enamel for better retention.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small, titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace one or more missing teeth. Over a period of two to six months, the implant and the jawbone bond together to form a solid foundation for the dental crown. A temporary tooth may be placed over this area to maintain appearance until the permanent crown is placed. The procedure needed to replace a single missing tooth is typically very quick and straightforward, causing little discomfort with a local anaesthetic.
Why choose dental implants?
Dental implants are specially designed to functionally and aesthetically match natural teeth. When fixed into place, they interact with the jawbone and neighbouring teeth much like a natural tooth, preserving and even improving the strength and the resilience of the jaw. As dental implants are independently supported, they protect your natural teeth and help them remain intact.
Caring for your dental implants in Hampshire
Once the operation is completed and your dental implant is successfully embedded into your jawbone, your dentist will show you how to care for it and clean it to keep the gum tissue healthy. It is important to prevent plaque from forming around the implant by flossing at least once a day and brushing at least twice a day. Visit your dentist frequently for a professional cleaning and make sure to let them know if something does not feel right.