Replacing missing teeth with implants Sheffield
Losing a tooth can be a very scary situation to find yourself in, but you may rest assured that you are not alone. Here in the UK more than three quarters of people are missing at least one adult tooth. Approximately 10% of the population have no natural teeth left. A missing tooth can have a huge impact on your life. Firstly, it can affect the appearance of your smile and affect your self-confidence and self-esteem. It can change the alignment of your remaining teeth which try to shift to fill the gap left by the missing teeth. If the missing tooth is at the front of your mouth it can draw unwanted attention and you may find that it affects the function of your mouth as well. A missing tooth can make it difficult to bite and chew and you may also find it hard to pronounce certain letters and words, which can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Missing teeth also cause other dental issues, for example the empty space is more likely to become infected and the loss of a tooth results in bone decay which can have other negative effects on your mouth.
You need to speak to us at Dee Kay Dental and find out about replacing your missing teeth as soon as possible. If you are having a planned tooth extraction or you notice that a tooth is becoming wobbly and there is no way of treating it then you need to speak to our dentist here at the practice and find out about tooth replacement sooner rather than later. The quicker you can have the tooth replaced the fewer complications you will face.
Implants: the gold standard in tooth replacement
Dental implants Sheffield are an excellent method of tooth replacement and a popular choice amongst dentists and patients alike across the world. Dental implants Sheffield are medical grade, titanium screws that have been designed to replace the root of your missing tooth. In their current form they have been used for almost 70 years. This means that they are tried and tested and they can last for the whole of your life if taken care of properly. They are strong, noncorrosive and they are biocompatible, which means that they integrate with the body without causing any side-effects or reactions. Rather they cause a natural bodily process known as osseointegration. This means that osteoblasts, which are bone forming cells, form around the implant, locking it into place. The only way the implant can be removed is if the bone is fractured. This process does take quite a while as it is a natural healing process. On average it can take between four and six months. Once the implant is in place, it can be fitted with a crown or a set of dentures. These may be partial dentures or full dentures, depending on how many teeth you need replacing.
Dental implants Sheffield are suitable for adult patients of all ages, although very elderly patients may prefer standalone dentures rather than having to go through the process of dental implant retained dentures. This is a matter of personal preference. With younger patients we recommend dental implants, as this approach helps prevent dental complications in the future and restores the function and the appearance of your smile so that you can have a happy, healthy and confident smile for the rest of your life. You can also avoid more missing teeth in the future. Speak to us at Dee Kay Dental today to find out more.