Dental Implants – A Stable Solution For Lost Teeth

If you don’t like the idea of wearing dentures, dental implants offer an excellent alternative.

It is not unusual, at our Wickford practice, to see long term patients who have had a tooth or two missing for some time.

Especially where the tooth is not a visible one, it seems that some people in this situation briefly consider dentures and then decide to just live with the gap in their teeth.

We understand patient’s concerns about dentures, although it has to be said that modern dentures do provide a much better solution than earlier types. Even so, there still may be issues with them for some patients, particularly concerning comfort and stability. Perhaps then, it is no surprise that some people decide they would rather live with a gap rather than wear a partial denture; albeit we don’t really recommend that.

Dental implants

If you live in the Wickford or Rayleigh area and are in this situation, the Cygnet Dental Practice offers an excellent alternative to dentures in the form of dental implants. Although now widely used as a tooth replacement system, many patients are still not aware of what they are and how they work.

Essentially, a dental implant is a titanium screw like object which is placed into the bone in the jaw, and which, once fused with the bone, provides, in effect, an artificial tooth root. This is important for two reasons; firstly, the firmly bonded tooth root means that once the crown has been attached to complete the tooth, it is very secure and stable. You will not need to worry about the replacement tooth working loose. Providing that you look after your new implant as instructed by our Wickford implant dentist, you should have no problems in this area.

The second benefit of dental implants is that the artificial root also stops the bone in that area from shrinking. Without a root, whether natural or artificial, the bone will gradually reduce in the area of a tooth loss. This can start to affect the shape of your face and may even cause other teeth to start to move a little and eventually become crooked.

Does it hurt?

There is no doubt that a dental implant procedure is more invasive than having dentures. It is though, a one off procedure that can provide you with a replacement tooth that will last for twenty years, and often longer, with good care.

The implant placement is performed using sophisticated dental equipment and using a strong local anaesthetic. Patients often tell us that the treatment was not as bad as they had feared and is usually no more uncomfortable than other types of treatment.

If you would like to find out more about this increasingly popular treatment, we are always happy to arrange an initial, no obligation, consultation for you. Please call the reception team at the Cygnet Dental Practice on 01268 733078 to arrange yours today.