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Do I Need Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are now the number one choice for tooth replacement and there are a few good reasons why. Missing teeth can have a detrimental effect on your confidence and impact your eating habits due to a hindrance with functionality. Therefore, you may be asking yourself “Do I need dental implants?”. 

With so many problems that could arise from missing teeth, don’t feel as though you need to suffer as dental implants could be the solution for you. However, before you decide you may be wondering what dental implants are and if they’re the right choice for you.

What are dental implants?

The conventional solution for missing teeth up to now has been a denture or a bridge, yet both are often uncomfortable and ill fitting. A dental implant is none of the above. They are medically recognised as a secure long term solution to your missing teeth.

They are crafted with a titanium screw that’s placed in the jaw bone to replace the root of the tooth. This is the solid foundation that’s used to replace your missing tooth. Once the implant is fitted in the jaw bone, your dentist will continue to assess the tissue and make sure it’s grown around the implant. Once they’re happy, a dental crown is then fitted on the implant which is an artificial tooth that looks exactly like your real ones.

It is the closest substitute to your natural teeth there is. The implants look, feel and act like normal teeth and last a lifetime if they are properly cared for.

“My missing tooth doesn’t concern me. Do I really need dental implants?”

Whilst aesthetically, some patients may not be too concerned about how their appearance looks after discovering a missing tooth, there can still be many long term health issues if they’re not cared for. When you lose a tooth, there is added strain on the surrounding teeth to make up for the gap. This makes them extremely vulnerable to cracking to developing infection.

You’d also have to adjust your eating habits to cater for the missing tooth, chewing on one side and causing jaw and bone muscles to weaken. This is because the other side of the jaw becomes neglected, the connective tissues become more fragile. 

In addition to this, misalignment can also develop as a result of the missing tooth. They naturally support each other to prevent the other teeth from moving apart but with a gap that has formed, they’ll begin to drift away. 

Can they be a long-term solution to my missing teeth?

Dental implants are considered the most common and secure solution to missing teeth, whilst maintaining your oral health for the long term. Ensuring you attend regular maintenance check ups will help towards long term preservation, but unfortunately there isn’t a guarantee that your dental implants will last a lifetime. 

Dental Implant treatment at Hale Dental

If after reading this blog you’re still asking yourself “Do I need dental implants?”, feel free to contact us to arrange a free consultation. We’ll be happy to assess your oral health and determine what the best options are for you, even dental implants

Alternatively, if you have lost a tooth or teeth due to injury, illness or gum disease and would like to know more about dental implants email louise@rbimplants.com