If you currently wear bridges or dentures to replace your missing teeth, you may be experiencing some difficulties. Although modern bridges and dentures offer a good solution due to their precise manufacture and natural look, they do unfortunately fail over time.
Bridges create a bridge between 2 adjacent teeth to the gap, crowns sit on the healthy teeth while a false tooth is suspended between the 2. Since crowns apply additional stress to the supporting teeth, eventually this undermines them creating damage, including the potential for tooth loss.
Although dentures won’t function as well as your natural teeth, after a short adjustment period, they are a good replacement option. However, because the root of your tooth is lost, the jawbone ceases to renew itself, which leads to jawbone shrinkage. The result is that your dentures becoming loose, whistling and the inability to eat tough or chewy foods properly.
With dental implants in Belfast, crowns, bridges and dentures are anchored in place, which means you can avoid the above mentioned complications.
How can dental implants improve my replacement teeth?
Dental implants are made from tiny titanium screws that are placed into the jawbone. Once in situ, your bone will grow onto the surface of the screw, making it a permanent structure within your jawbone. So how does this affect your replacement teeth?
Single crowns and bridges
If you’re replacing one tooth, instead of a bridge, a dental implant will fill the gap. Instead of compromising teeth either side of the gap, the dental implant will hold a crown in place via its anchorage in the jawbone. Similarly, if you need several teeth neighbouring teeth replaced, a single dental can stably support up to 3 teeth.
Dentures can replace an entire arch or all of your teeth with the support of dental implants. Since the implants hold the denture in place, the jawbone will not shrink, so your denture will never become ill-fitting. In addition, full bite force is fully restored and you can brush and floss as normal.
In Belfast, dental implants can transform your experience of tooth loss, so call Blue Sky Dentistry today to find out how we can help you get your oral health back on track.