Dental implants replicate as closely as possible the look and feel of natural teeth. Having been pioneered during the 1960s, their use is now a routine procedure, with a variety of treatment options to suit any tooth loss situation.
At dentists in the Northwest of England, like Unidental in Stockport, dental implants reinvigorate the oral function of people who are missing one or more teeth, providing a strength, stability, and cosmetic improvement that removable dentures can’t match.
The treatment journey
There are 2 stages in the treatment. First, the dentist places small metal screws into the gums, in the gaps left by the missing teeth. Once these are in place, a period of healing is required, after which the replacement teeth are attached to the tops of the screws. This integrated arrangement brings many benefits.
As the metal of the screw sits in the jawbone, the tiny vibrations in the mouth that occur during eating and talking are transmitted to the bone, stimulating it to maintain its density and mesh with the screw. This prevents weakening of the jawbone and the loss of facial shape that can occur with removable dentures, which do not have any contact with the jawbone.
Dental implant treatment promotes a cleaner mouth because they fill in the gaps where food debris and plaque-causing bacteria can hide, meaning the risk of gum disease is reduced, while the patient can enjoy new teeth that feel a lot like the old ones.
The secure bases of dental implants mean that patients can bite and chew as they naturally would, without having to be cautious and choose soft or mushy foods, as wearers of dentures do, for fear that their temporary replacements will fall out.
And for many people who’ve had dental implants in Stockport, speaking clearly becomes much easier, as the tongue and mouth can shape sounds and letters in the natural way.
A permanent bonus
For people with missing teeth in Stockport, dental implants provide a long-term health improvement. If properly looked after, including by regular visits to the dentist for check-ups, the replacement teeth will last a lifetime.