Hiding behind the mask and not considering dental implants?
In a world which is buzzing day and night, each individual’s life being filled with fun, work and general day-to-day business, it is all too easy to forget the importance of keeping on top of your oral hygiene process. Your smile can change another person’s day, it can soften your facial features and once our masks become a thing of the past, it can dazzle those around you again.
Having a clean, healthy smile has always been such an important aspect of our faces, but with masks to hide behind it is all too easy to let our daily cleaning routines slip into unwanted habits and dental problems to be put on the back burner. This is why it is so important to seek immediate dental help if you lose a tooth or multiple teeth. After all, one day the mask will no longer be needed and your smile will be on show once more, so restoring your tooth or teeth could not be more important and this is where dental implants Hertfordshire come in.
What are they?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw or post which is inserted into the jawbone as a sturdy pillar for your permanent crown or bridge. In the past, the main tooth replacement options have been removable dentures which limit your food intake and of course can on occasions come loose. Adverts of loose teeth falling into drinks and onto the floor do not necessarily inspire the greatest confidence! Luckily this is where the implant provides a solution
What does the procedure entail?
When considering and then deciding on any treatment or procedure it is important to understand what the pros and cons are along with whether or not you are a suitable candidate. This is why a consultation will take place as soon as you begin to consider a particular treatment. During this appointment the benefits of the treatment will be discussed along with an examination of the teeth, mouth and gums. Once the physical examination has taken place a series of photographs and X-rays will take place so that your dental team can fully evaluate whether this procedure is suitable and possible. For this procedure healthy gums and a substantial amount of jawbone are required so alternative options may be presented to you should you not be suitable.
If you appear to be a good match for this procedure, a small incision will be made within the gum and the titanium screw will be surgically inserted into the jawbone. In most cases a temporary crown or bridge will be fitted so as to allow the area to heal before the permanent tooth restoration takes place. Whilst healing, the jawbone surrounding the screw will regenerate and in time securely merge with the screw creating the solid base.
For those with temporary crowns or bridges, once a check-up has occurred some weeks later, the permanent crowns or bridges will be attached. The timing of this depends entirely on your individual healing progress so please do not worry if this process takes longer, your dental team will advise accordingly.
All dental treatments and procedures, including those mentioned in this article depend on suitability. It is therefore important that all patients seek further information and advice from their local dental team.