Imagine if it were possible to replace a tooth when it had been lost due to decay or injury. For many years, the closest dentists have come is with partial dentures, often known as plates, or dental bridges. Both of these restored the cosmetic appearance of the teeth but they never felt like real teeth and they certainly didn’t behave like them. Patients often have had to watch what they ate to avoid causing any damage to the more fragile replacements. Then there was the question of replacing the dental substitute every eight to ten years when it began to fall apart. Well, now there is a genuine alternative for a real tooth that lasts a lifetime and feels solid, and allows you to eat what you want, when you want.
Dental implants are the only type of dental restoration that replaces the whole part of the tooth from root to crown. The implant itself replaces the root, as it is a small metal screw that is placed directly into the jawbone, just like a real root. This provides a solid base for the artificial tooth, which is attached via a post. The artificial tooth, chosen and designed to match the existing teeth, will then be held firmly in place with no fragile bonding of attachments in danger of breaking. This is because all the support mechanism is held within and beneath the tooth. Apples, nuts and other hard foods will no longer be a problem and the implant will last for the rest of your life.
Dental implants are available from Swindon dentists and are implanted over the course of several appointments over several weeks. This is because the implant will need time to fuse with the other tissue and bone in the mouth.