There are several factors to consider if you are looking to replace your missing teeth. These include:
- How many teeth need to be replaced
- What caused your tooth loss
- Whether you are looking for a quick fix, or a long-term solution.
Traditional tooth replacement options are limited: a dental bridge for one or two teeth, a partial denture for several teeth, or a full denture for all the teeth in one or both jaws. But there is now a modern, long-term alternative, in the form of dental implants.
The Centre for Aesthetic Periodontics and Implantology Limited in Kent can use dental implants to successfully replace anything from one to all of your teeth, no matter why you lost them. Investing in implants is about more than investing in a beautiful smile; it’s ensuring your oral and general health are preserved and protected for many years to come. Many consider it an investment in your future.
Implants can be used successfully in most cases of tooth loss. Any underlying conditions, such as periodontal disease or decay in your other teeth, must be addressed first, because dental implants should only be placed in a healthy mouth to maximise their chances of success.
Dental implants actually have a very high success rate, approaching 98%, and both they and the new teeth attached to them will last for decades – perhaps even a lifetime – as long as you practise excellent dental hygiene habits at home and visit both the dentist and hygienist as often as advised.
Unlike with traditional dentures, teeth attached to dental implants won’t become loose and embarrass you by slipping in public. You will be able to eat whatever you like with no restrictions – a crunchy apple, a healthy jacket potato, even the occasional juicy steak is no longer off the menu.
As well as making it easier to have a good diet, this can benefit your social life and mental wellbeing, as particularly among the older generation social isolation can be a problem if loose dentures stop you enjoying meals with family and friends.
With the help of dental implants, meals out and cream teas will become fun again, and no longer a struggle.