If you have lost one or more teeth we know it can seriously affect your health and well being. Maybe you are having difficulty chewing certain foods, or perhaps the gap is visible and you are embarrassed and have stopped smiling and laughing fully resulting in an overall loss of self confidence.
So how do dental implants work?
Dentures are made of plastic and/or metal. They are often bulky and they may affect how you taste your food. Depending on how many teeth are missing, they can also be hard to manage as they may move around when eating and talking so patients often resort to using sticky adhesives to try and regain their dental confidence.
Bridges are fixed in place so they have less effect on function than dentures but they usually involve one or more crowns linked together by the false tooth or teeth. Preparation for crowns requires the teeth to be cut down which in the long term can lead to further tooth loss. Non-preparation bridges are possible in some situations but they can often come unglued and there’s never a convenient time for that to happen!
Dental implants are the modern way to replace missing teeth. Made of titanium they integrate into the jawbone to replace the root of the tooth which means that the crowns placed on top look and feel more like natural teeth. They give you back your chewing confidence with many patients expressing their delight in being able to enjoy their favourite foods for the first time in years.
Dental implants are simple to place under local anaesthetic. It is a minor procedure that patients say is less traumatic and causes less discomfort than having the tooth out in the first place.
If you long to converse, laugh and chew with ease and without embarrassment then dental implants are the solution you are looking for, speak to one of our dental implant dentists here in Christchurch, to see what we can do to give you back the simple pleasure of eating and smiling with confidence once again.