What Are Dental Implants? 6 Things You Need to Know

Article by Dr Raha Sepehrara

If you’ve lost one or more teeth, the impact on your life is unbelievable. For many, the worry that the loss of teeth is noticeable to others can impact self-confidence. This will not only make you self-conscious when smiling but it could also make you weary about talking and even laughing.

But self-image aside, there’s lots more you’ll worry about. Missing teeth makes eating problematic. You’ll become reliant on the teeth on the opposite side of your mouth, which can cause discomfort. Additionally, food debris and bacteria will get trapped in the gaps, which could increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. 

Added to this, leaving a space with no teeth could cause dental drift. This is where your remaining teeth move and become misaligned. But that’s not all. Your jawbone could also deteriorate when your teeth have gone; this affects your facial structure. 

But there is a solution to the problem of missing teeth; dental implants. Here’s what you need to know about this replacement tooth option. 

1. Dental Implants Replace Your Tooth’s Root

A dental implant is a titanium post that anchors a replacement tooth to your jaw. Once in place, the implant mimics the function of the tooth’s root, providing the replacement tooth with the stability needed to eat, smile, laugh, and talk confidently. 

By replacing your teeth with dental implants, you’ll stop any potential dental drift and preserve your jaw from deteriorating, 

2. Dental Implants Are Very Strong

Titanium is a material widely used throughout all kinds of industries, including in space flight. We use titanium for dental implants because it’s a durable biocompatible metal that is strong enough to withstand pressure from biting and chewing.

Once you’ve got dental implants, you won’t have to worry about what you’re eating. Unlike some replacement tooth options, nothing is off the menu. 

3. You Can Replace Multiple Teeth

When capped by a crown, dental implants can replace a single tooth. But it’s also possible to replace several teeth at once. You can even replace an entire arch of teeth. 

When replacing multiple teeth, we won’t place an implant under each tooth. Instead, we’ll use up to six strategically placed implants across your mouth. Some of these implants will be angled to provide maximum support. 

4. Dental Implants Look Amazing

We’ll cap your dental implants with realistic replacement teeth. Your new teeth will be custom-made to perfectly fit your mouth and match your existing teeth. 

Nobody will be able to tell that your new teeth aren’t the real thing. 

5. Dental Implants Are Low Maintenance

You may worry that getting dental implants means lots of maintenance. But it doesn’t. Your new smile doesn’t require any special treatment. All you need to do is fight the causes of tooth decay and gum disease. 

If you keep up with twice daily brushing and use mouthwash, you can reduce the risk of damage to your gums and jaw. 

6. Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime

Because dental implants are so durable, they won’t wear down. Although your replacement teeth might eventually wear down after about 10-15 years, the implants that support them could last a lifetime.  

Because your replacement crowns or dentures clip onto the implants, it’s possible to easily take these off and fit new teeth later if necessary. 

Dental Implants at Nottingham Smiles

Dental implants are the perfect solution for replacing teeth. At Nottingham Smiles, we offer a range of life-changing dental implant treatments. 

Get in touch to arrange a consultation and learn what dental implants could do for you. 



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