Dental implants are just one of the options available to you and for many people, they are a great solution. They are low-maintenance and are permanent, meaning you don’t have to take them in and out like dentures. One of the huge advantages to implants is that they look and act like real teeth and for so many people they can’t tell the difference.
Because of all these reasons people opt for implants, but are they right for you? How exactly do they work? Read on, to find out more.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent set of teeth, or a tooth, that you can’t take out. Unlike dentures, which you can take in and out as you please, dental implants are fixed in your mouth and can only be removed by a dentist.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
When getting implants, a titanium screw is fixed into your jaw bone. This means that fixed bridges, dentures or crowns can be attached to them.
Are Implants or Dentures Best?
This is entirely up to you, how much you want to spend and what condition your teeth are currently in. Dental implants are more expensive than dentures but are a more permanent solution if that is what you are looking for.
Dentists may recommend that you get implants over dentures, which is usually the case with anyone whose mouth has shrunk. When losing your teeth, your mouth can shrink as it is no longer accommodating them and as a result, dentures could be difficult or impossible to wear. In this case, getting implants is advisable.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
When considering different options, longevity is what you’re looking for. Full dental implants certainly have this, as they last usually last around 20 years once they have been fitted, so you won’t be rushing back to the dentist anytime soon.
Crowns tend to last on average 10 to 15 years, making them also a long-term solution. Like with anything to do with your gums and teeth, the better your oral hygiene and more you look after your implants, the longer they will last.
The Best Way to Care for Them
Caring for your implants is exactly the same as caring for your teeth. Flossing and regularly brushing them twice a day with an electric toothbrush is the best way to maintain them and keep them looking great. Keeping them in good condition means that will not only look fantastic, but they will also last much longer too.
Brushing under and around your crowns will also keep them in great condition and opting for a non-abrasive toothbrush will add an extra layer of care. Because your dental hygiene habits won’t really change, implants are a fairly low maintenance option.
How Much Do They Cost?
On average, a dental implant fully restored will cost around £2000 and this service is usually provided by private dentists. The cost of one row of teeth would differ from this price, so it is always worth enquiring and getting a quote to know exactly how much it would cost you.