People can become quite depressed after losing a tooth or two, or more. For many, being faced with gaps in their mouths, or with having to wear removable artificial teeth for the rest of their lives is a grim prospect. This is especially true for younger people who have lost teeth playing sports, or in other accidents or through infection.
If you are facing decades of denture wear ahead of you, you may be inclined to make a big investment in dental implants: the 21st century’s successor to removable false teeth.
The good news is that more and more dentists are trained in the fine art of dental implant surgery. One such reputable dental surgery that offers this important treatment is the Chipping Norton Dental Implant Centre in Oxfordshire. Dental implants can change lives and also last a lifetime, and the younger and healthier you are, the more likely it is that you will be able to have them fitted.
This is because the main requirement for receiving dental implants is a strong jawbone. It needs to be in good condition in order to sustain having artificial sockets sculpted into it with the drill.
In exploratory consultations, dentists usually take x-rays to investigate whether the jaw will hold up under implant surgery. If you have been without natural teeth for a good while, the bone can start to lose density and reduce in size. It can also lose density if you area long-term smoker. Dentists do have some options to rebuild the jaw if it has lost density. These include sinus lifts in the upper jaw, and bone grafting.
The dental implant procedure itself is relatively simple. The oral surgeon drills artificial sockets into the jawbone, and inserts the implants, which are tiny posts made of titanium. This procedure is less painful than having teeth drilled, generally speaking and a local anaesthetic is used. The gums and bones heal over several weeks, during which time the implants fuse with new bone tissue, becoming increasingly well-anchored in the jaw.
Once the dental implants have become one with the bone, the dentist can attach custom-made porcelain teeth that blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth.