Are you missing one or more teeth? Then you know just how upsetting this can be. Teeth can be lost due to decay, gum disease or trauma, but it is important to replace them as soon as possible to prevent the remaining teeth from moving and shifting out of position. Delaying their replacement can lead to unsightly gaps forming in between other teeth, and could exacerbate the problem.
Dental Implants Act in a Similar Way to a Natural Tooth Root
The choices for replacing missing teeth include partial dentures and bridges, but the very best option is to have dental implants. The reason for this is that a dental implant replicates the natural tooth most closely and is better for oral health. Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone where it integrates with the surrounding bone in a process called osseointegration. This is where new bone cells grow on the specially treated surface of the post, creating a strong and long-lasting bond that provides a stable support for a crown, bridge or dentures.
Dental Implants Help Preserve Your Jawbone
The reason why dental implants in Gravesend are so good is due to the fact that the titanium post acts in a way that is very similar to a natural tooth root. When you bite down on a natural tooth these forces are transmitted through the tooth, down the tooth roots and into the surrounding bone. These forces help to stimulate the bone, ensuring it’s kept strong and healthy. The same thing happens with a dental implant so the jawbone remains strong and healthy. Choosing an alternative method of replacement such as a bridge or either a full or partial denture won’t have the same effect. Your jawbone will not receive the same sort of stimulation and as a result will gradually reabsorb.
This can lead to quite a few problems developing. The teeth adjacent to the gap are more likely to become unstable, and unsightly spaces can gradually develop underneath a bridge. The spaces are more likely to trap food. If you have denture then it’ll gradually begin to fit less well, and may become more difficult to retain, creating problems with speaking and eating. This is especially a problem for people with lower dentures. In contrast dental implants are stable and strong and look beautifully natural.
If you’d like to know more about how dental implants could benefit you then why not make an appointment to see our dental implant specialist? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us on 01474 537191 and take the first step to regaining a beautifully natural and healthy smile.