Dental implants: the next best thing to real teeth

Most of us take the role of our sets of pearly whites for granted, that’s until accidents occur or the toll of wear and tear leaves us with fewer teeth.

Having gaps between our teeth or a gummy mouth can have far-reaching effects, affecting our quality of life immensely. Having one or several absent pearly whites changes how we speak, our biting force, our facial definition and our self-esteem.

Fortunately, dental implants in Maidstone combat most of these issues, leaving you with one or multiple teeth that look and function like real ones.

Are you interested in learning more? Call to make a consultation or read on for more information about these transformative devices.

What are dental implants?

Tooth implants consist of three constituents, a titanium screw, an abutment and a crown.

The screw, small enough to fit inside your jaw bone, is secured into place using a handheld drill. The role of the screw is to act as the artificial root to which your new crown is attached. Over time, the mouth-friendly metal fuses with the surrounding bone tissue.

An abutment connects the screw to your new crown, which is custom-fabricated in a laboratory for a perfect fit, matching your neighbouring teeth in shape, colour, and size.

Together, these three pieces restore your quality of life.

What benefits can I look forward to with teeth implants?

Unlike traditional restorative methods, implants don’t just have a cosmetic purpose, but also improve the quality of your oral health and day-to-day living. How does that work?

Because you’re restoring your tooth from the root, that’s why. By doing so, you’re rejuvenating lost or brittle jaw bone resulting from absent teeth or using dentures for years.

Additionally, with a pearly white drilled into position, your new tooth won’t slip out of place, an inconvenience sometimes experienced by denture wearers.

Enjoy major lifestyle improvements in next to no time!

Are implants more expensive?

At first glance, implants might seem to outweigh the cost of dentures or bridges. However, considering the additional benefits and the longer lifespan of implants, it’s a worthwhile investment that you won’t regret.

The implant can last you forever if you take care of it, while a crown can last up to twenty years!

For those with failing teeth, All-On-4 is a popular, cost-efficient and non-invasive option that can replace an entire arch using four implants.

Am I a candidate?

Unfortunately, implants aren’t for everybody, particularly those with insufficient jawbone or suffering from periodontal disease and uncontrolled Diabetes.

Fortunately, it will still be possible to get implants but will have to undergo bone graft surgery or treatment to eradicate your periodontitis.

However, if you’re reasonably healthy, you’re on your way to a full set of teeth! Implants are tolerated by most individuals and have a low failure rate. If your implant fails, it is possible to try again in a few months once the site has fully healed!

How long do implants take?

If you’re looking for a quick fix, implants aren’t it. The process takes place over three stages spanning five to eight months.