If you are a denture wearer, you have probably heard of dental implants and how well they do away with the issues that sometimes accompany dentures. Perhaps a friend or relative regaled you with stories of great meals consumed with ease now that they have dental implants. Or maybe they told you how lovely their bedside table looks without a glassful of water and false teeth on it. But did they mention how great their jawbone is now it has dental implants in it?
If you are considering replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, you will have to see an implant surgeon, who will check to see if you are a suitable candidate for this treatment. Not everyone can have implants. If you live in Hampshire, Dental Implants Hampshire will be able to help you.
If you book a consultation for dental implants, you will find that often it will be cost-free, or the cost will be deducted from treatment. This makes well worth investigating if implants will work for you.
Have you noticed how old people often have funny little jawbones and pointy chins that seem to reach up towards their noses? That’s not just old age. That is what happens when you lose your teeth. Even if you are wearing dentures. Without the tooth roots in their sockets, the jawbone starts to change. Even if it is just one root that is missing.
First the bone where the root used to be stops being stimulated by tremors from the root as the tooth hits other teeth when chewing and eating. The bone fills in the empty socket and, without the usual root stimulation, the jawbone thinks it is no longer being used and starts to shrink. First the width decreases, by up to 25% in the first year, then the height goes and finally the density. The result is a sunken aged look as the distance between the nose and chin decreases.
Unlike other false teeth appliances, dental implants stop this happening because they replace the root of the tooth. Their presence in the jawbone allows the bone to receive the stimulation it requires in order to maintain its height, width and density.