Dental implants provide patients with an incredibly natural looking and feeling way to replace teeth. They also allow patients to eat foods they may have had to give up eating due to the pain of severe tooth decay.
They also get their confidence back, when they look in the mirror and see a stunning smile. In most cases, tooth loss will have been caused by injury or advanced tooth decay. Whatever the reason, various dentists, such as those at Sutton Implant Clinic, can offer dental implants in Birmingham to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth.
Single tooth dental implants
When a patient has a single tooth replaced, any existing root structure will have to come out first. A biocompatible titanium screw is placed in the jawbone. After a period of healing that varies on an individual patient needs, a connector piece called an abutment is added and then a crown is attached. Modern prosthetic tooth are crafted from porcelain to match the existing teeth in both size and colour. And having the tooth embedded into the jawbone makes a patient’s oral hygiene easier because recipients are able to brush and floss as though the tooth were natural. In fact, dental implants in Birmingham are just as strong as the original teeth they replace.
Bridge the gap
Traditional style bridges attach to nearby natural teeth. This makes it difficult to properly clean the affected natural teeth. Bridge dental implants in Birmingham replace two or more teeth that are in line with one another.
As long as there is sufficient bone structure to hold the titanium rods in place, bridge dental implants in Birmingham can often prevent the need for further extraction and avoid the need for dentures. With bridge implants, the healthy teeth are left alone, so keeping healthy teeth clean and decay-free is made easier. The bridge is stand alone, so patients end up with strong, natural looking teeth and very long-lasting replacement teeth.
What to expect
Initial placement of the titanium rod is usually done with local anesthesia and is reported to be on par with a tooth extraction in terms of comfort levels. Once the healing process is complete and the crown is in place, implants are cared for in the same manner as natural teeth.