Teeth are designed to operate together and their efficiency decreases and function suffers when they start to fail. People who lose their teeth also lose their ability to chew and bite properly. This can result in placing more stress on the other teeth, or not chewing well enough, which can lead to digestive problems. Similarly, missing teeth can also cause natural teeth to move, resulting in tooth loss and other jaw problems.
Until about ten years ago, the standard methods for replacing missing teeth were dental bridges or dentures for multiple missing teeth. But dental bridges have disadvantages, such as the fact that healthy teeth need to be ground down in order to anchor the bridge. Dentures, on the other hand, do not provide the strength needed to chew many foods. Dental implants can provide a sturdy foundation for strong, natural-looking and healthy teeth, from a single tooth to a full set of teeth. In Hertford, dental implants are available in many dental practices, including Hertford Dental Implants. They are very popular with patients because they look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
How dental implants work
Dental implants are innovative, biocompatible titanium tooth roots, that are surgically inserted into the jawbone in order to support a crown, bridge or denture. Because dental implants are made of titanium, a material that is compatible with the human body, they have the ability to fuse with the jawbone. As a result, they act like natural teeth and restore chewing power, enabling patients to eat many foods they wouldn’t be able to enjoy with other tooth replacement options. In Hertford, dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all of the natural teeth.
Unlike conventional bridges and dentures, dental implants restore full chewing power, are permanently placed into the jawbone and can last a lifetime with proper care. More importantly, dental implants prevent bone loss and encourage the growth of new bone tissue in the jawbone. Dental implants also keep natural teeth healthy and stable by preventing movement and shifting, which can affect a patient’s bite, their ability to chew as well as their appearance.