If you have a few teeth in a row that are either missing, broken, decayed or generally irredeemable through orthodontics or veneers, then you are an excellent candidate for a bridge of false teeth which can replace those that are no longer serving their function. Sometimes people opt for a bridge of teeth to be held in place with crowns, but this does nothing for the bone structure in your face, which is why we recommend you have a set of dental implants Stockton strategically placed to support the bridge of new teeth you are getting. This has many benefits that will not only improve your smile, but it will restore the functionality of your teeth as well.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post or screw that is embedded into the bone surrounding the teeth. The choice of titanium is not random, it has many benefits which make it an ideal material to use; it doesn’t tarnish and almost never gets rejected by the body. In fact, human bone matter loves titanium so much that it grows around the dental implants Stockton and fuses with them in order to hold them securely in place for the rest of your life. A dental implant is not false teeth, it is what’s used to hold false teeth in place and encourage the bone to stay in place even though the natural teeth have been removed.
What will my new teeth look like?
False teeth are usually created from dental porcelain which is a curious substance that exactly mimics the transparent nature of teeth. Porcelain can be made in different colours which means that we will be able to exactly match your teeth to the colour you want them. The size and shape of false teeth are always custom made to fit your mouth and smile, so they will look and feel as natural as your original teeth. In some cases, we may use high-quality acrylic which has similar properties as porcelain in order to fit a patient’s budget better.
How long will it take?
The implant procedure itself is usually 15 minutes per implant, this is not counting the time it may take for the local anaesthetic to numb your mouth. The part that takes longest is the healing, remember how bone loves titanium? Well, your body needs time for that process to take place which is usually around 3 – 6 months depending on the individual, during this time you will be fitted with temporary false teeth or bridges in order to maintain the healthy look and function of your smile,
More than anything, dental implants Stockton help support natural and healthy bone growth in the jaw, which means that you are not likely to lose the facial bone structure you were born with, even if your skin isn’t quite so taut, the structural integrity remains. Having secure and functional teeth throughout your life makes all the difference to your confidence and even your nutritional intake, because you will not be forced into a soft food diet, which means you can continue to eat healthily your whole life thanks to working teeth.