Dental implants aren’t like any other kind of replacement tooth. They give you back your whole tooth, including the root.
It may seem that the important part of the tooth is the bit you chew with, but if a crown does not have a good firm anchor, it can be frustratingly hard to process your food.
Many of the benefits of dental implants spring from the fact that implants replace the root of the tooth, thus giving a firm base on which to build.
Dentures rely on adherence to the gum, or fitting neatly behind other teeth. They may fit perfectly at first, but jawbones shrink and many people find that after a while, their dentures start to slide around in their mouths, wobble, and even sometimes fall out entirely.
This will never happen with dental implants. The implants are small posts or screws made of titanium that are inserted into your jawbone under local anaesthetic. Titanium is incredibly biocompatible and your jawbone will grow new tissue all over the implant. After 2-6 months, your jawbone will be wrapped closely around the implant.
This gives you back full chewing power. You will be able to eat whatever you like again, unlike with dentures, which often mean having to stay on a soft food diet for the rest of your life.
Dental implants are also very versatile. One can support up to 3 crowns on a bridge, and we can replace an entire arch of teeth on just 4-6 implants.
As well as all this, maintaining your dental implants is very similar to your normal oral health routine. You just need to thoroughly brush twice a day and also floss. The aim is to get rid of plaque and avoid gum disease. Apart from that, you also need regular implant check-ups and cleanings with the hygienist.
Dental implants have a 98% success rate and we have many happy patients with dental implants here at Crofts Dental Practice in Essex. Patients can expect their implants to last for at least 15 years and even for decades.
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