If you’ve lost a tooth, you might be contemplating having a dental implant. This simple treatment effectively replaces missing teeth from crown to root. In Southampton, dental implants offer a good alternative to other tooth replacement options. Here are some interesting facts to help you decide whether to receive this treatment.
Why Southampton dental implants are out of this world
Implants are made out of titanium. This is an incredibly strong, lightweight and non-corrosive metal, which makes it perfect for the harsh environment of your mouth. To illustrate just how strong it is, titanium is used to build space shuttles.
Although it’s new tech, it’s an ancient idea
Replacing teeth is not a new idea. The ancient Mayans used tooth-shaped shell pieces hammered into their gums to replace missing teeth. Thankfully, dental implants are now small, metal screws that your dentist at Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic will skilfully place into the jawbone during a simple surgery. The surgery only requires local anaesthetic; we can also offer you sedation if your nervous.
No decay here
Your dental implants are long lasting and will never decay. All you need to do is look after your oral hygiene with a good brushing and flossing routine, protecting your gums and surrounding teeth.
They are long-lasting
Southampton dental implants can last you for decades with proper care. Bridges, crowns and dentures only last around 10 years.
Strong implants, strong jawbone
Implants do not inhibit bone growth; in fact, they stimulate cell renewal. Other restorative treatments, such as dentures, do not support the jawbone and so it starts to deteriorate.
It’s a ‘real replacement’
Since dental implants are anchored in the jawbone, they create a very strong base for a crown or denture to be fixed to. They withstand bite and jaw movements with no displacement. In fact, they act exactly the same as your natural teeth. You can eat and speak with no worries that they will slip.
You’re not one in a million
For once you’ll be glad not to stand out from the crowd. Roughly 27 million adults have at least one missing tooth. However, with dental implants no one will notice yours.