Teeth feel so permanent we think they will last a lifetime. They are part of the fabric of our existence and not something we consider losing. But thanks to accident, ill health or bad oral hygiene, teeth can be lost. If you lose teeth, you’ll be looking for a dependable replacement. Modern dentures and bridges are good solutions thanks to improvements in technology and the quality of dental materials used. However, your jawbone and teeth work in a symbiotic relationship, one supporting the other. Once teeth are lost, the jawbone and soft tissue begin to deteriorate and no matter how well a denture or bridge is produced, it will not maintain the health of your jawbone.
Dental implants are long lasting
One of the reasons bridges and dentures fail is due to the way your teeth move and the jawbone shrinks when there are no roots to support them. This means that no matter how well fashioned your replacements are, in time they will need to be refitted. However, dental implants replace the roots of your teeth and secure restorations in the same way your roots support natural crowns. Southampton Dental Implants therefore last for many years with no need for refitting.
How do they work?
Each implant is made from titanium which is biocompatible. This means the body believes they’re part of its own structures and is encouraged to grow by its presence. Your jawbone will fuse onto the implants, anchoring them in place, making permanent features in your mouth. Replacement teeth can then be fixed to the implants, holding them securely in place.
Benefits of permanent replacements
Dentures, bridges and crowns anchored by implants are very strong. They will replace the bite force of your missing teeth. In addition, there is no need to remove them for cleaning; brushing and flossing twice a day followed by regular check-ups with your dentist will ensure longevity of service. The most compelling advantage is the benefit they bring to the health and wellbeing of your jawbone and gums. Southampton dental implants prevent jawbone shrinkage and therefore secure your replacement teeth for many years to come. If you’re interested in dental implants contact us at Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic for a consultation.