Losing a tooth can have quite a strong effect on things that most people take for granted. Lose more than one, and the consequences become exponentially greater. And for many people, removable false teeth may not only be uncomfortable, but also a hassle. Maybe now is the time to try dental implants in Basingstoke. It’s too easy to lose or even break removable false teeth; even when taking great care of them, they still somehow become wobbly and loose. Teeth that start moving around like they have a life of their own, let alone the whistling and clicking, which can be incredibly embarrassing.
As if all of that wasn’t enough to live with, many people find they have to give up eating their favourite foods. However, there is a solution that can anchor artificial teeth into the mouth just as like natural teeth. That solution is dental implants.
If you are considering dental implants in Basingstoke, Glenholme Dental is a reputable dentist to visit for more information. But first here is some more information on how dental implants work.
Dental implants: the basics
In Basingstoke, dental implants have become increasingly popular since they were first introduced about 30 years ago. The main difference between dental implants and removable dentures is that implants replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown. They are inserted into the jaw under local anaesthetic. The dentist drills a channel into the bone and then inserts the implant, which is a tiny post made out of titanium.
Titanium weighs very little, does not corrode and also stimulates new bone tissue growth and then fuses with the new growth. This means the jawbone holds the implant securely in place just as a real tooth. This healing process takes place over several weeks. Once it has, artificial teeth can be fitted, either as single crowns, or as bridges of a few teeth, or a whole set of teeth for the upper or lower jaw. The custom-made porcelain crowns are impossible to tell apart from the surrounding real teeth and, because they are securely anchored, can be used for eating just as if they were real teeth.