For most adults, our levels of oral health has improved dramatically over the past 30 years. In 1978, 37% of adults had no teeth of their own, now this figure is nearer to 6%. This is a dramatic improvement which shows how much difference good dental health care can make. Even if you have always taken good care of your teeth, you may lose them through clenching or grinding your teeth (bruxism), accidents or because of other health issues.
If you have lost a tooth or teeth, you will discover that you have a number of tooth replacement options available to you. We are all familiar with dentures and bridges, but dental implants are still the newest way to replace missing teeth. Over the past decade, more dentists such as Dental Implants Hampshire have started to offer dental implants as an alternative to traditional bridges or dentures. There is a good reason for this: although dentures and bridges restore the appearance of your teeth, they cannot fully restore their function.
This is the important factor that makes dental implants the gold-standard alternative to replace missing teeth. Because a dental implant is fitted into the bone of your jaw, it replicates the functions of the original tooth root, which helps to ensure that your jaw and remaining teeth stay stronger and healthier for longer. Dental implants are now a tried and trusted method which enables your dentist to restore your smile to its former glory, also allowing you to go back to enjoying a much wider range of foods than you may be able to eat if wearing traditional dentures.
How Long Will My Implants Last?
With proper care, your dental implants will probably last as long as your natural teeth. After the implants and your gums are fully healed, it will be down to the standards of your personal oral health routine which will affect how long they last. Although your dental implants are not affected by decay, build-ups of the same hard and soft deposits of calculus and plaque that affect your natural teeth will develop which can then lead to general discomfort, bleeding, soreness and gum infections.