Anyone with missing teeth will be able to tell you that it is easy to feel complacent about your teeth until they are gone. Losing teeth through an accident, gum disease or even simply the wear and tear of life is something no one wants but it does happen. Fortunately there is something you can do about it.
Dentistry and clinics like Unidental in Stockport have risen to meet the challenge by offering a solution to people with missing teeth that bears a close resemblance to having normal teeth. If you can hardly tell the difference when it comes to both how they look and how they feel then it is a great resolution. In one study, 94% of patients expressed satisfaction with their dental implants.
How are they used?
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. Your dentist may also occasionally recommend the removal of teeth that are deteriorating and cannot be saved by any other method so that you can replace them all with dental implants in one go. This is not necessary however and, if your remaining teeth are strong and well, you can hang on to them and the dental implants will be fitted alongside them.
They are used to replace one or more teeth. If you have missing teeth that are adjoining then one implant can be used to support more than one tooth at once. They can also be used to secure dentures if you already have them although specially adapted dentures will need to be made to fix them to the dental implants.
How do you care for them?
Dental implants can be cared for in much the same way as ordinary teeth although you will need to be diligent and avail yourself of many of the cleaning and care procedures that are available. Your dentist will also recommend regular professional cleaning to ensure that your dental implants stay healthy and at less risk of any kind of complication. A good dentist will walk you through all the visits you will need to have whilst you are having dental implants fitted do that you can be prepared and they will also talk to you about after care including regular check-ups.