All I want for Christmas is some new front teeth
If you have lost some teeth and would dearly love to have them replaced with dental implants, but baulk at the cost, how about asking friends and family to contribute to your dental implant fund rather than buy yet more stuff you don’t really need for Christmas?
What better present could there be to give someone than the chance to once again be able to eat whatever they want and to talk and smile without having to worry about whether their teeth are going to let them down by wobbling around, or even falling out?
Here at The Dental Surgery Burnham, we have seen so many people’s lives transformed by having dental implants fitted.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a way of replacing the entire tooth, including the root. Having a replacement root embedded into the jawbone gives the crowns superior stability and means that you can once again eat whatever you fancy. The replacement roots are small titanium posts or screws that are put in under local anaesthetic.
It then takes 2-6 months for the implants to get anchored into the jawbone. During this time it is important to eat first a liquid and then a soft food diet, allowing the implants to get really solidly anchored before going for it with the steaks and the crunchy apples.
Same day teeth
If you are having your entire set of teeth replaced, there is a technique called same day teeth that allows you to have crowns put on the implants before you leave the clinic. Having these temporary teeth is for show more than use and it’s important that you stick to the dietary requirements for the healing period and avoid certain foods until your dental implants are well established.
Dental implants are very easy to look after. All you have to do is keep them free from plaque with twice-daily brushing and flossing. You also need to make sure you visit a dental hygienist for a deep clean at least twice a year. Plaque causes gum disease and in its advanced stages it can eat away at the bone holding your implants in place and cause them to fall out.