Most people have a missing tooth or teeth, usually due to decay, injury, or even gum disease. And most people may be looking for an easy way to have the missing tooth replaced and want something that is a bit more permanent than some of the options that are typically available, such as dentures and bridges. This is where dental implantation comes in.
But, before you think, “of course!” and rush to book an appointment, what are some of the core things to know about dental implants in Sheffield?
They need healthy jaws!
In order for you to be suitable to have dental fittings placed, your dentist will need to take an X-ray of your jawbone.
This will be to assess that the bone is healthy and thick and is not succumbing to any issues such as osteoporosis or other ailments that can cause bone tissue to break down.
This does not mean that you will instantly be excluded from having dental implants attached, though there may need to be other procedures put in place, such as bone grafting or even the use of a different type of fitting to the traditional endosteal.
They can be matched to tooth shade
When it comes to the prosthetic teeth that are attached to these artificial roots, they can be shade-matched to blend in with any surrounding natural teeth that you have.
So nobody will be able to notice that you have had the implants placed. But if you are able to have an entire set of dentures attached to these fittings, you can go as bright as you want, so you may even be able to pull off the phosphorescent Hollywood smile!
There are different types
As mentioned before, there are different types of oral fittings that can be placed. The traditional option, which requires a healthy jawbone to attach them to, is an endosteal fitting.
If you have issues with bone density, your dentist may opt to try you with a subperiosteal option, which is similar to a mesh that is placed under the gum and on top of the jawbone, with 2 metal parts protruding to attach the teeth too.
They are long-lasting
Provided that you can offer correct aftercare, your prosthetic should last up to and over 15 years. Luckily, this aftercare is not too different from what looking after regular teeth entails and will require you to brush them twice a day, floss them and, of course, attend dental check-ups.
If you spot any signs of gum disease with your fittings, you should seek prompt dental help, as this has been the downfall of many oral implants!
They are affordable
Most people wrongly assume that oral fittings are not affordable. But almost every dental surgery that is able to offer them can do so with either a payment plan or financing.
This means that you will be able to spread the cost of the treatment out, provided that you pass a credit check. So, be sure to ask your dental team about this option if you have had enough of the gap in your teeth!