Around 11 million people in the UK wear dentures, and it’s not just the elderly. Many younger people, who may have had teeth knocked out while playing sport, have false teeth.
Spending the rest of their life taking teeth out to clean may seem pretty grim enough for someone who is 60 plus. For someone in their 20s, it would definitely have them asking – is there another way? There is – dental implants are the go-to option for tooth replacement for many dental practices in the north-west, such as Smylife in Manchester.
How does it work?
A dental implant is made up of three parts: a hard-wearing titanium screw that is implanted directly into the jawbone, an abutment which sits on top of the screw, and the replacement tooth, which is fixed to the abutment.
What gives a dental implant the edge over dentures is that titanium screw: because the implant is fixed into the jaw, it means that the tooth is permanent. It doesn’t need to be taken out each night and can be cleaned like a natural tooth. And here’s the clever part – titanium is a biocompatible material. This means that it bonds with, and becomes integrated into, the jawbone. It is as solid as a natural tooth – in fact more so, because dental implants don’t decay. If properly cared for, dental implants in Manchester can last a lifetime.
Are there any drawbacks?
Having one or more dental implants in Manchester can be a lengthy and expensive process. It is wise to work with a dental practice with a strong track record in fitting implants and one that gives a comprehensive treatment plan, including all costs, at the start.
Even with implants there are now quicker and cheaper options such as All-on-4, whereby a complete set of dentures can be fitted onto four implants.
Is it for me?
Not everyone can have implants, or sometimes one kind of implant may work, but not another. Pre-existing medical conditions and lifestyle factors such as diabetes and smoking can affect the success of implant surgery. Patients also need sufficient density in the jawbone for the dental implants in Manchester to take. A bone graft can help build this up if needed.