Are missing teeth getting you down?

Does your day start badly because the smile you see in the mirror is not the one you would like? If you have lost one or more teeth then you know how it affects your appearance and confidence. Missing teeth can also cause problems eating or speaking and this can undermine your quality of life. If you have avoided considering replacements because you do not like the idea of dentures, then you may be interested in an effective technique available from Glenholme Dental in Basingstoke. Dental implants have been literally life-changing for many of our patients and offer a secure, permanent solution to missing teeth.

Dental Implants in BasingstokeWhat should I expect?

When you have your first appointment regarding dental implants in Basingstoke we carry out a detailed examination including taking x-rays and photographs. We will talk to you about what you want to achieve so you can discuss the treatment with us, including the option of sedation. Your implants are small metal screws that are inserted into the jaw under local anaesthetic. When they are stabilised by the bone and blood vessels of the jaw healing around them, they can be used as a secure base for a single replacement tooth, several teeth or a full set of dentures. In some cases, we can fit your replacements in the same day, so you could enjoy your dinner that evening with secure, fixed teeth.

Why are dental implants so popular?

At our practice in Basingstoke, dental implants are valued because they look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Your appearance will be restored and you can live fully again. There are also other advantages that you may not be aware of. When you bite and chew, the pressure exerted on your jaw stimulates the bones and tissues, keeping them strong. This does not happen when there are gaps or you wear dentures but implants perform the same role as natural tooth roots and keep your jaw healthy. So, while you are enjoying your favourite foods, you are actually contributing to the health of your jaw.

To find out how having dental implants in Basingstoke could give you a new lease of life, get in touch with us today.

No limits with dental implants

Getting older is far too much about becoming limited in a body that used to know no limits. Joints give out, skin becomes thinner, energy is reduced, bones are more brittle. Slowly but surely it seems we have to give up doing things we love. But, with dental implants in Basingstoke, old age need no longer include having to make do with a limited diet of soft foods, or not being able to talk, smile, and laugh as you once did for fear of wobbly false teeth letting you down.

Dental Implants in BasingstokeAt Glenholme Dental in Basingstoke, dental implants can give you back your freedom of choice around food, and take away the hassles and inconveniences often associated with dentures. They do this simply by replacing the root of the tooth as well as the crown, thereby creating a firm and stable anchor for the replacement crowns.

The advantages of dental implants

The other great thing about dental implants in Basingstoke is that the crowns are permanently fixed into the mouth, just like real teeth. You clean them like you would your own teeth. While they can’t decay, they can fall victim to gum disease, which, when far enough advanced, can loosen both natural teeth and dental implants and cause them to fall out of the jawbone. So, careful tooth brushing is required, but you don’t have to faff around with soaking overnight in denture solution, or dealing with dental adhesive. Add to this the fact that dental implants, if well looked after, can be expected to last you the rest of your life, you can see why they are fast becoming people’s first option when it comes to replacing lost teeth.

The treatment journey

The implant procedure involves minor oral surgery, during which the gum is lifted and channels carefully drilled into the jawbone, avoiding nerves and blood vessels. This takes a bit of time, but is less painful than drilling teeth because there are fewer nerve endings in the jawbone. Local anaesthetic is enough, but patients who are anxious can also have oral or intravenous sedation.

A single implant can support three teeth on a bridge, and there are techniques for using implants to secure dentures, and to support an entire arch of teeth on only four implants.

Keep on eating well

Just because you have lost a tooth or two, or maybe more than a few, it does not mean that you have to sink into old age on a soft food diet and start to go all pointy-chinned and sunken-faced.

This may have been the fate of your parents and grandparents, but things have changed dramatically in the last couple of decades and now it is possible to get replacement teeth that do everything your natural teeth could do. Not only that but these teeth will never decay, and will stay put for the rest of your life, with a bit of discipline round your dental hygiene routine.

Dental Implants in BasingstokeAt Glenholme Dental, we love seeing how dental implants in Basingstoke are keeping people with lost teeth looking great and eating a wide range of wholesome nutritious foods so that they can stay healthier longer.

The benefits of dental implants

Dental implants in Basingstoke have one huge advantage over dentures and fixed bridges, and that is that they replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown. This gives the restored teeth an amazingly firm and secure anchor in the jaw, so that you can keep on chewing just as you always did. If you are a man, this means that your chew will be as much as 200lbs, or 97kg, in force; it will be a bit less if you are a woman. This is how hard you need to be able to chew to eat raw vegetables and steaks and, dare we say it, toffees. You need to be able to grind away to break down the cell walls of your food to release the nutrients within. The digestive system only has one place for this part of processing food and that is in your mouth. If you swallow chunks of food, there is nowhere else farther along your gut where it will get broken down sufficiently.

In Basingstoke, dental implants also provide the stimulation the jawbone needs to keep renewing itself to remain strong and healthy, keeping the face looking more youthful.

Why not come and see how dental implants can help you get more out of life?