Dental implants are an increasingly popular method of replacing missing teeth. They are designed to be a long-term solution to tooth loss and, as long as you take good care of them, could last a lifetime.
At Enhancedental in Leeds, experienced implant surgeon Dr Abdul Dalghous can carry out both simple implant procedures and more complex operations. Implants can be combined with dentures, a bridge, or a single crown to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth.
Most people only need local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants, because it is only minor oral surgery from a patient’s perspective. Indeed, a lot of people describe it as being more bearable than a tooth extraction.
Many dental practices also offer the option of conscious sedation, which is ideal for nervous patients, those having longer procedures, and those who struggle to keep their mouth open for long periods of time.
The obvious benefits of dental implants include creating a smile which looks beautiful and natural, and replicating the action of natural teeth. However, there are several other life benefits for your general health and wellbeing.
A lot of people who wear traditional dentures struggle with their fit as time passes. This happens because when the tooth roots are not replaced, the jaw bone begins to resorb or shrink back, altering the fit of the dentures.
Bone loss can also cause changes to the facial structure and sagging of the skin around the jowls, which can lead to a prematurely aged appearance, damaging body image and confidence.
Loose dentures make it very hard to eat a healthy diet; you may find yourself limited to soft foods, and can even end up losing interest in food altogether if eating becomes very difficult or painful.
Speech can be affected by poorly-fitting dentures, as can self-esteem if your teeth become prone to slipping out in public. This can have a negative effect on your social life, which can contribute to feelings of loneliness and social isolation, a particular problem for some members of the older generation.
Dental implants can solve all of these denture issues in one go. They replace the roots of the teeth, preventing bone loss and restoring natural function.