Do you want natural looking artificial teeth?
Sometimes people can be involved in an accident where their tooth gets knocked out, or sometimes people can lose all of their teeth from decay. In either situation, having dental implants St Albans can provide you with artificial teeth that both look and feel just like your original ones. In some cases people might not even be able to spot that you have undergone treatment. You will no longer need to worry about your dentures becoming loose in public or having a gap in the middle of your smile, and you will be able to bite and chew confidently without pain or discomfort. Getting treatment is easy too, with the first step being making a consultation appointment with your dental practitioner.
Replacing a full set of teeth is as easy as replacing one
Replacing teeth can be daunting when you don’t know what to expect, but in reality this treatment is extremely straightforward. If you wish to have a single tooth replaced then a small titanium screw will be inserted into your jawbone, where it acts as the root of a tooth. It will protrude slightly above your gum, enabling a crown to be attached to it securely once your mouth has healed. The healing process normally takes around six weeks, but this can vary depending on your individual circumstances. When you need to replace multiple teeth you will not necessarily need one screw per tooth, as the titanium screws that are used are capable of supporting more than one false tooth each. Bridges are attached to the screws to replace a few teeth that are missing on either side of a remaining original tooth or in a row, and partial dentures and full dentures can be used to replace several missing teeth or an entire set. In some cases an entire set of dentures can be fitted into your mouth using as little as four titanium screws, but in some cases people can require up to twelve. Which type of appliance is most suitable for you will be discussed at your consultation appointment with your dental practitioner, where they will be able to answer any questions that you have about the nature or process of your treatment.
Taking care of your artificial teeth
Whilst your new artificial teeth may look and feel like your original ones, they need to be taken care of properly. This is something that your dental practitioner can assist you with, as they will tell you which brushes are suitable to use and how you should clean them to make sure that you avoid a build-up of plaque. Your new teeth will be extremely durable and could potentially last you ten years or more if you take care of them efficiently. If one of your teeth becomes damaged or needs replacing, then this should be able to be carried out easily by your practitioner replacing the appliance that is attached to your screws, such as a crown or bridge. In some cases you may need to have your screws replaced, but this is not something that happens often.