Even though dental implants have been around for several decades now, to many people, and perhaps to you, they are a completely new thing. Southampton dental implants are the nearest thing to real teeth that dentistry has so far come up with. Their use has become commonplace in the last 10 years because they do such a great job of replacing lost teeth. But, even so, if you are new to having to replace your teeth, you are bound to have some questions you need answered before you decide Southampton dental implants are right for you.
What are dental implants?
They are small posts or screws made of titanium that go into your jawbone. Once in place, your bone grows new tissue all over them and this holds them in place, and gives them the same chewing power as your natural teeth.
We can put up to 3 porcelain crowns on a bridge on one dental implant.
How long do Southampton dental implants last?
When dental implants are well looked after, they can last a very long time. 90% of well-maintained implants will still be going strong after 15 years, and many last for decades. If you choose to have dental implants and take good care of them, they can be with you for life. The porcelain crowns, which do all the chewing, can wear out and may need to be replaced.
Are dental implants easy to maintain?
The short answer is yes, as long as you can use your hands. Dental implant care is very similar to taking care of your natural teeth. You need to brush and floss the implants twice a day, and perhaps also use interdental brushes. You are aiming to remove all traces of dental plaque, which builds up during the day, and can lead to gum disease. Gum disease can cause dental implants to come loose and fall out, so keeping it at bay is of paramount importance. Having regular sessions with your dental hygienist is vital to implant maintenance.
If you want to find out more about Southampton dental implants, why not come in for a chat with our friendly team here at Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic?