Teeth that work!

Man ready for his dental implantsWhen people start to lose their teeth, their biggest problems become being able to eat nutritious food and being able to speak clearly. They are also very conscious of how they look, especially if the lost teeth are at front of the mouth. What people want are replacement teeth that are going to do as good a job as their natural teeth, and that’s why in Hampshire, dental implants are the go-to solution for lost teeth.

The procedure

In Dental Implants Hampsire are replacing dentures and fixed bridges as the preferred solution to lost teeth. They are increasingly available from reputable dentists such as those at Dental Implants Hampshire. The procedure is a surgical one, albeit one that can be performed under local anaesthetic. The dentist has to drill a neat hole into the jawbone, avoiding nerve endings and blood vessels, and at the right angle for the number of teeth that the dental implants are going to support.

It only needs a local anaesthetic because there are far fewer nerve endings in the jawbone than in the teeth. However, many people are scared of the drill, and so it’s no wonder that many dentists are keen to stress that they offer oral or intravenous sedation alongside the anaesthetic. To receive dental implants in Hampshire, people need to be able to fully relax while the dentist cuts through their gum and drills into the jawbone. This procedure needs time to carefully make a big enough hole for the implant without cracking the bone or letting it get so hot that bone cells get killed off. So, the dentist uses lots of cooling water while he or she drills a tiny hole and then widens it with wider drill bits.

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It doesn’t take long to recover from surgery. A day or two of bed rest and a week or so on soups while the gums heal, and then people can get back to normal. However, it takes a couple of months for the implants to integrate with the jawbone, meshing with new bone cells and blood vessels to become as securely held in place as a natural tooth.