Regain your freedom of food choice with dental implants
If you have lost one or more teeth you may be feeling rather daunted as you look at the years ahead of you without being able to eat quite a long list of delicious and nutritious foods.
Chewy food (toffees, steak), crunchy food (apples, carrots), gloopy foods (nut butters), bitty foods (seeds and nuts) – not being able to eat these things can be severely restrictive for some people. Fortunately, many dentists such as at Chipping Norton Dental Implant Centre in Oxfordshire, can now replace missing teeth with dental implants.
Dental implants explained
Dental implants are a technological advance on dentures because they replace the root as well as the crown of the tooth. Replacing the root not only vastly improves the eating experience, it also makes a huge impact on the health of your jawbone and how you look.
The artificial root of the dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted under local anaesthetic into the jawbone. Nervous patients can also opt for sedation.
Over the following weeks to months, the implant becomes as stable as a natural root because the titanium from which it is made has the amazing property of being able to fuse with bone tissue. This fusion is what creates a stable chewing base that can withstand significant forces applied when you eat. Also, because the titanium stimulates bone growth, the jawbone remains full and strong. Leave a gap in the jaw and it actually starts to dissolve itself, thus creating that sunken aged look that denture wearers can acquire.
Once the implant has integrated with the jawbone you can return to the dentist, who will add an abutment to the implant. It is onto this that they can then add single, several or entire arches of crowns.
Crowns are custom-made to blend in with natural teeth, using porcelain to match the colour. Tooth shape and size is also important, and so technicians are specially trained to handcraft teeth and can match them using impressions or photographs of your natural teeth.
Once the teeth are fitted, they are permanently and securely in place. You can then once again enjoy foods that you may have had to avoid for years. This freedom cannot be underestimated.