To have missing teeth in your smile can really affect your self-esteem. Whether you worry about having your photograph taken or you panic at the thought of smiling freely, you know that having an incomplete smile is taking its toll. But, aside from aesthetics, there are also health issues that you should be considering. Leaving gaps in your smile can lead remaining natural teeth and the gums to being exposed to bacteria. What’s more, you may also discover you have issues with jaw pain, chewing or speech difficulties. You may even find that your face becomes more drawn and you look older as a result of not keeping the structure in your face from a full smile. So, what can you do about it? Dental implants Windsor are a fantastic solution to replacing missing teeth and offer arguably the next best thing to having your natural teeth.
How do dental implants work?
Made of little metal screws, dental implants are fixed to your jawbone and act like artificial roots for your replacement teeth, which can be either crowns, bridges or dentures, depending on the number of teeth you need to replace. The screws won’t budge, because they fuse with the body’s tissues, so they shouldn’t go anywhere at all. This means that once you have attached the replacement teeth to them, you won’t need to remove the teeth at night, or worry about what you are eating. If you choose to chew on a toffee or chomp into an apple, your teeth should stay put! Just remember to brush and floss afterwards! In fact, taking care of dental implants is really simple. You need to follow a good oral hygiene routine and see your dentist for your routine check-ups. By doing this, you could have your dental implants for a lifetime!
What are the other benefits of dental implants?
Aside from having an aesthetically pleasing smile that you can rely on at all times and it is easy to take care of, you could also find that you look younger with your dental implants. This is because you are giving the face the structure it needs to support the skin and allow it not to become loose and drawn in appearance. Also, having implants fitted does not require major surgery. You can have them fitted with local anaesthetic to ensure you don’t feel anything, but you won’t need a lot of recovery time. You will be required to go for a couple of appointments. During the first appointment, you will have the screws fitted and temporary replacement teeth will be attached to them. You will then need to let the gums heal for a few weeks, before going back to your dentist to have the permanent replacement teeth attached to them.
Does every dentist offer this treatment?
Not all dental practices offer dental implants, so you will need to do your research. Consider the amount of experience the practice has in delivering this treatment and check that the practice is friendly and welcoming, so you will feel comfortable having your treatment there. You may also like to find out if they are members of the BDA Good Practice Scheme as this requires practices to meet standards expected by the British Dental Association. Once you’ve found your practice of choice, if the dentist thinks that dental implants are the right treatment for you, then you could soon have a natural looking and functioning smile. Make yourself complete and go for it!