When we lose our teeth as children, it is considered normal and an experience that everyone goes through. When we lose our permanent teeth as adults, however, the effects on our oral health and mental health can be quite devastating. If you are missing one or multiple teeth, dental implants in Ipswich might be the best treatment option for getting your confidence back. Look no further than Quest Dental Care for quality patient care you can depend on. We understand that each patient is as unique as their teeth, and promise to treat them as such.
In this short article, a member of our team will introduce you to dental implants in Ipswich, covering how they can help minimise the side effects of missing teeth and provide you with a full smile once again.
Why do we lose our teeth as adults?
We could write an article based entirely on the reasons behind tooth loss as an adult, but today we will be focusing on the most common. Dental implants in Ipswich can be a treatment option for those who have lost their teeth due to gum disease and trauma. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, causes inflammation in the gums. Tissue found in the gums will start to deteriorate, resulting in the loss of a tooth due to there no longer being any support. When we experience trauma or injury to our mouths, it is possible that a tooth can be knocked out when it is disturbed from stability. Your average cavity may also result in the loss of a tooth as they can end in a root canal or tooth extraction.
Which negative effects can implants help with?
If you’ve already lost your teeth, it is likely that you’re familiar with the effects about to be mentioned, but if the loss is recent, these effects could be on their way. When a tooth is removed or falls out, the bones in your jaw can become weak and result in bone loss. Your teeth will also start to move into the gaps, causing the surrounding healthy teeth to lose stability. When your teeth start to shift, you will be left with misaligned or crooked teeth, which can also bring about a wide range of negative effects. Getting in touch with us to enquire about implants will help to keep these impacts to a minimum.
What is the implant process?
The implant process starts with a consultation, where we will get to know you and thoroughly analyse your teeth and mouth. From here, we will instal a metal screw into your jaw which will act as your new root. Once the healing process has completed and the screw has fused with your bone and tissue, we will move to place the abutment on top, to which the artificial crown is attached. It is important that you take care of your implants the way you would your real teeth, especially if you want them to last for a long time. You should always come to see us for a check-up appointment if you’re concerned about your implant, or experiencing abnormal discomfort.
What are the benefits?
The prosthetic that is placed on top of the metal implant will be matched to your surrounding teeth in shape, size and colour, giving you an all round natural look. No longer will you have to feel insecure about your smile or any gaps, giving you the tools to live comfortably with confidence. As previously mentioned, your teeth will start to shift to fill the gaps in your mouth, but when we have implants installed, this won’t happen. Shifting teeth can often result in a face adopting a sunken look, but we’re happy to let you know that implant treatment can reverse, or prevent, this effect.