A better chew for youMarch 14, 2018 / byHealthier Societies / Categories : Dental
Although they have been available from dentists for about 40 years now, it is only in the decade that dental implants have reached a critical mass in popularity, thanks to the many benefits they offer.
For many years, it was hard to find dental implants in Watford, but now they are available from various dental practices, including Cassiobury Dental.
Dental implant is a sustainable solution for teeth replacement
The overriding reason that dental implants in Watford have become many people’s first choice for replacement teeth is that they behave so much more like natural teeth than either removable dentures or fixed bridges.
Fixed bridges rely on buttresses attached to healthy neighbouring teeth. Fixing them in place requires the loss of two healthy teeth, as these have to be ground down to take the bridge and can never again be used as natural teeth. That’s quite a loss.
Dentures rely on suction to the gums for their stability and chewing power. This only gives about a quarter of the original chewing power of natural teeth. On top of that, with dentures, the jawbone shrinks and the gums recede. The dentures become loose and slide around and can make it very hard to chew and speak.
By contrast, dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted directly into the jawbone. A single implant can support up to three teeth on a bridge. Also, dentists have come up with innovative ways to get implants to do more. For example, one technique, All-on-Four, allows a full arch of teeth to be attached to just four implants. In another technique, mini dental implants are inserted to hold dentures securely in place.
Getting dental implants fitted requires minor oral surgery under local anaesthetic. Anxious patients can also have sedation. Once the implants have healed into the jawbone, in a process called osseointegration, they can be used to chew the chewiest of food, withstanding forces of about 97kg or 200lbs.
Dental implants can last for the rest of the patient’s life, rather than needing to be replaced every 7-10 years as with dentures and bridges. Thus, in a cost-benefit exercise, dental implants in Watford can work out to be better value in the long run.