It’s interesting how time can change your perspective on something. Do you remember how excited you were when you started to lose your baby teeth? First and foremost it meant that the tooth fairy would soon be visiting, leaving you money in exchange for that worn out tooth. It also meant that you were starting to grow up. When you lose a tooth as an adult it means you’re growing old and you know that the tooth fairy is definitely not going to pay you a visit.
There are many reasons why you might lose a tooth; an over-enthusiastic tackle in a football match, an accident or gum disease are all common causes. Whatever the reason, a lost tooth can lead to a loss of confidence, difficulty eating and longer term dental health issues. In the past the only way to restore the appearance and some of the function of lost teeth was with a bridge or dentures. Neither of these two options is a 100% satisfactory solution, but they have been the only choices for centuries. Dental implants are a relatively new alternative, but now most dentists such as at Moor Park Dental have come to regard dental implants as the gold standard for tooth replacement.
As good as new
Dental implants were first developed in the late 1950s, so the technology behind them is well proven as a long-term, reliable alternative to other tooth replacement methods. Dental implants are usually made 3 parts; the first which forms the foundation of the implant is a titanium screw. This is fitted into the jaw, if you are having a tooth removed, it is possible to place the implant at the time as the extraction. The second part of the implant called the abutment allows the crown, bridge or dentures to be fixed in place.
Once an implant has become fully integrated into the jaw it will act exactly like the original tooth root, which means that it will help to keep your jawbone strong and healthy. Dental implants are so secure that you will once again, be able to eat and chew all your favourite foods with ease.