8th September 2016
Dental implants: the best way to restore your smile in York
If you live in York and you long for a return to the days when you could smile at the camera with confidence at any given moment, simply because you have a full set of natural teeth, we can help. At the Blossom Practice our dental surgeons are experts in fitting permanent replacement teeth which are otherwise known as dental implants.
Don’t wait too long to have implants fitted
Not everybody can have implants fitted. Whether or not you’re a suitable candidate depends on the health of your mouth. The key to having implants fitted is a healthy jawbone and unfortunately, as soon as you lose a tooth, your jawbone starts to atrophy.
Most people are unaware of this fact. 90% of patients who enquire about implants after tooth loss are already in possession of a jawbone that has experienced some decrease in bone volume. In addition, any gum disease present will exacerbate the deterioration, as will any cysts or genetic disorders. This is why it is essential to make your enquiries about implants as soon as possible after you lose a tooth. Implants can be fitted on the same day and in some cases, even placed in the hole from which the original tooth has disappeared, as long as you act fast enough and your jawbone is healthy enough.
Once fitted, your implant will halt the changes to your jawbone. It will serve to support the bone, as well as provide you with a permanent replacement tooth with which to eat. The muscles in your cheeks will also be supported, meaning you won’t suffer from the wrinkling that occurs around the lips with traditional dentures, prematurely ageing the face.
It’s especially important to get an implant fitted quickly after tooth loss if you are on any osteoporosis drugs, as recent studies have shown that these can weaken the bones.
What does having a dental implant fitted in York involve?
The implant is a titanium screw that is placed in the jawbone. Once it has been allowed to heal naturally, following placement, which can take up to 3 months, the crown will be fitted to the top. To the casual observer, you’ll appear to have a full set of teeth once again and as for you, you’ll feel as if you have your natural teeth back. Your implants will look like your original teeth and feel like actual teeth when you use them to bite and chew. With as few as six implants, you can restore a mouth empty of teeth to its former glory, using bridges and dentures.
To restore your smile in York, please get in touch with the Blossom Practice. We’ll be able to give you all the information you need about implants and book you in for an appointment as quickly as is convenient for you.