Having a beautiful smile may be something you think is seen in magazines and movies. However, at UK Dental Specialists, our dentist in St Albans believes in helping all patients to get a healthy and aesthetically pleasing smile. If you have missing teeth, this can also be an important move for your oral health as leaving gaps in your smile can leave the gums and any remaining natural teeth exposed to more bacteria. You can also develop a shrunken appearance in your face if the jawbone begins to recede, and you may also have issues with your speech if gaps aren’t treated.
What can I do about missing teeth?
There are a range of treatment options for missing teeth and the one that is suitable for you will depend on your individual needs and how many teeth you have missing. We can provide crowns, dentures and bridges. Crowns are often used for a single tooth replacement, bridges for several missing teeth, and dentures for whole sets. However, our dentist in St Albans here at UK Dental Specialists may also recommend dental implants to hold these replacement teeth firmly in place.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium metal screws that are attached to the jawbone, where you have missing teeth. They fuse with the mouth’s tissues, so that they are firmly fixed into place. To these screws, your replacement teeth are then attached and shouldn’t be able to then be moved no matter what you eat or how much you talk.
Why should I choose dental implants?
If dental implants are offered to you as a treatment for your missing teeth by your dentist in St Albans, there are many reasons for you to say yes. Aside from the reliability of knowing that the replacement teeth should function like your natural ones, you are also improving your oral health. By filling in the gaps in your smile, you are protecting the gums and any remaining natural teeth you have from being over-exposed to bacteria that could cause further issues for you. Also, dental implants are easy to take care of; you simply need to brush and floss regularly, as well as come and see us for your routine dental checkups. It couldn’t be easier!
A further benefit of implants is that when you have a complete smile, it will look aesthetically pleasing and nobody will be able to tell that you don’t have a full set of natural teeth. You can eat and drink what you like as well, so going out for dinner with friends won’t give the game away. And, if you had developed a shrunken face, implants could give you a fresher appearance, so you look more youthful. If you’ve experienced issues with jaw pain or speech difficulties, they should also be resolved by your new smile.
If you think that dental implants could be for you or you want to find out about any of the treatments we offer here at the UK Dental Specialists, then simply book in for an initial consultation and we will examine your mouth to see what the treatment options are for your specific needs. We look forward to welcoming you and your family, getting to know you and answering any questions you may have to get you on the right treatment path for you. If dental implants are a treatment for you to consider, we reckon there are plenty of reasons to smile about it.