Afraid to smile for fear that people will see a gap in your teeth? Fret not; dental implants may be just the solution you are looking for. When you have decayed or damaged tooth extracted, both the crown and the root would likely be missing.
In place of your missing tooth, dentists will usually place a dental implant on your jawbone so it will fuse with the natural bone. In other instances, they may also utilise a dental implant as support for a denture or bridge with multiple teeth.
While the cost of dental implants is relatively higher than other dental solutions such as dentures, bridges, or crowns for damaged or missing teeth, they are also far more superior due to the following reasons:
• Dental implants will feel and look like your natural teeth—even better. Because they work just like your teeth, you will not have any difficulties eating, talking and caring for them.
• Be aware, though, that missing teeth can make your face appear sunken and sagging. If you have spaces where teeth used to be, the bone there would become weaker and smaller. On the other hand, if you have implants, force is delivered to the bone as if you had real teeth, strengthening the bone and keeping its mass. This greatly aids in preserving both the appearance of your face and your restored teeth.
• You will not have to undergo filing of healthy teeth adjacent to the ones you need replaced. After all, teeth filing is not a good experience. Moreover, you will not need root fillings.
• Dentists in Glasgow may also use dental implants to provide the much-needed grip to remove dentures.
• Think of dental implants as an investment. They cost more, but with the proper care, they can last a lifetime.
In general, since a dental implant procedure takes time to heal, those with chronic illnesses like leukaemia or diabetes are not good candidates for the procedure. Everyone else in great health, considering that they are old enough and have fully developed jaws, can get dental implants.