Losing teeth can seriously impact on your confidence. Our smiles are so important for communication. Smiling quickly conveys emotion and establishes connection with people. So, if your smile is impaired due to missing teeth, it’s likely you’ll feel self-conscious about the gaps. Everyone knows about crowns, bridges and dentures as replacements for teeth that provide cosmetic relief. However, since they are not permanently fixed into the jawbone, there are compromises and reminders that they are not natural. Thanks to dental implants, in Southampton we can fix teeth replacement options onto permanent posts that are anchored into the jawbone, so they will function just like your natural teeth.
How toothless gets his smile back
Here at Smilemakers Dental Implant Centre, your missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants. In Southampton, the implants, made from titanium, are placed into the jawbone during a simple operation. Titanium is used because of how it interacts with your body. Your bone will grow new tissue over the surface of the post, rooting it in place. This process can take as little as a few weeks, depending on the health of the jawbone and the general health of the recipient. Because titanium does not corrode, it will not need replacing for many years and your gums, nerves and blood vessels can grow naturally around the post, thus supporting ongoing oral health.
In Southampton, dental implants provide hidden support
Teeth are held in place by their roots. This not only stabilises the individual tooth, but it also creates stability for the surrounding teeth. Your jawbone, gums, nerves and oral tissue grow around the roots of your teeth, with each tooth supporting its neighbours. When you lose a tooth, the natural sinews that held it in place wither away and your jawbone starts to shrink. This then affects the surrounding teeth, destabilising them and can often lead to further loss of teeth. Dental implants, however, replace the root and the crown, filling up the entire space left by your missing teeth, creating support for those left behind. Dentures alone will not do this. Only dentures fixed onto dental implants create a complete replacement for your missing teeth.