Dental Implants in Essex
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows your dentist to mount replacement teeth or a bridge into that area. An implant doesn’t come loose like a denture can. Dental implants also benefit general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.
How do Dental Implants Work?
Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth-an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges — as well as individual crowns placed over implants — feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.
For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible, due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth.
An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place. To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also commit to keeping these structures healthy.
Meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success of dental implants. Implants are usually more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement.
Implants generally last 10-20 years, so it’s a great long-term solution that will serve you well provided you look after your implants and adhere to the guidelines that you are given for maintenance and care.
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