Dental implants are the most modern solution to replacing missing teeth. They are made in three sections: a precisely engineered titanium post with an internal screw, an abutment which screws into the post, and an artificial crown or other dental appliance such as a bridge or even a full set of dentures. Although they are the newest addition to the dentist’s armoury, dental implants have been in use for more than 40 years.
Dentists now regard dental implants as a very durable and stable method for replacing a tooth or teeth. The benefit of titanium is that it becomes integrated with the living bone, effectively becoming a non-living bionic root for the replacement tooth. Here in Hampshire, dental implants are giving more of our patients something to smile about.
An effective alternative to bridges and dentures
There are a variety of different types of dental implants that can be used to restore your smile. Single implants can be placed between the remaining teeth without damaging them, while just two implants can be used to support a complete denture.
Here at our practice in Hampshire, dental implants are fitted into your jawbone in a minor surgical procedure. Some implantation methods allow teeth to be fitted immediately allowing you to enjoy a smile in a day. If this is not possible it is necessary to allow the bone to regrow around the implant, fixing it firmly in place. Once the implant is fully healed the artificial tooth or teeth will be fixed and you can resume your normal daily life.
A great supporting act
Dental implants offer a number of benefits over alternative tooth replacement options. One of the most important is that the implants help to maintain the strength and structure of the jaw, due to the continued stimulation of the bone through regular biting and chewing.
Additional benefits include a completely natural look and feel to individual implants; eventually you may even forget that they are not your own teeth. Dentures and bridges are securely fixed and allow you to eat and talk with perfect confidence that your teeth will not let you down. With proper care dental implants can last for a long time, if you’re thinking about investing in your smile and want to find out more about dental implants in Hampshire book a free consultation with us to explore the possibilities for yourself.