Of course it’s your own choice whether to replace missing teeth, but there are some health benefits in doing so. When someone loses a tooth, the jawbone begins to go through a process of resorption which actually closes the gap where the tooth once was. The surrounding structure of the jaw then begins to suffer as a result – teeth move, the bone deteriorates and you may begin to notice less biting strength. Most forms of tooth replacement don’t include restoring the jaw, however, if you were to opt for dental implants Navan you would be helping to restore the physical structure too.
Then of course there are the psychological benefits. Having a smile you can be proud of greatly impacts your mental health – feeling any shame or discomfort about your appearance can affect self-esteem and overall wellbeing. Finding a solution to boost your smile back to its full potential could do more than just help the function of your bite. With dental implants you’re using an option that is more permanent and natural and so you won’t have the daily reminder of your loss when removing any temporary style replacements in the evening.
There are of course other benefits that include protecting against misalignment, disease, excessive tooth wear on the other teeth and maintaining chewing abilities. With all these possible issues we recommend finding a more permanent solution, such as dental implants.
Could dental implants be right for me?
Having dental implants fitted can feel like a daunting process, but if you’re someone who has suffered tooth loss from decay or gum disease or maybe has suffered a freak accident and lost a tooth, dental implants could be a fantastic solution as a replacement. As opposed to other tooth replacement options, dental implants work as a more permanent solution. They are attached to the bone and so there is no need to remove them at night and they give you back the freedom to live the life you had before any loss.
What happens when you have them fitted?
When you go to visit your dentist they will talk you through all the tooth replacement options available to you. If having dental implants feels like they could be the option best suited to you they will need to check the bone density in your jaw to ensure you are a candidate for the treatment.
If your bone density is good enough you will then be invited back to the surgery for the first round of treatment. You will have a metal anchor fitted into your jaw which is a titanium screw that acts as a replacement for the root of the tooth. This can sound like a very daunting process but you will be under general anaesthetic and will only have minimal discomfort. Once the screw in your jaw has healed and settled, this usually takes around eight to twelve weeks, you will revisit the surgery for the fitting of your crown (the false tooth). The replacement is made to look and feel like your natural teeth and so should be unrecognisable as a false tooth.