Thursday, January 19, 2012

Are Dental Implants Right for You? by Kathryn Dawson

Dental implants are a popular and effective type of cosmetic dentistry, perfect for replacing missing teeth. Teeth can fall out and this becomes even more true as the body ages when teeth become effected by decay and weaken with age. Before the technology around dentistry, in particular cosmetic dentistry, became so advanced there were limited things that could be done with missing teeth. False teeth have been around for a while, however this is more appropriate for people who have lost all their teeth. When just one or two are missing there was little that could be done before the advent of dental implants.

Dental implants involve having a titanium tooth root inserted into the bone of the jaw. Once this has fused completely with the bone a prosthetic tooth is attached. There is a surgical procedure involved as the gum tissue has to be opened in order to insert the root. Once the root has been attached to the jaw the gum is sewn back together over the root. The root is left alone for several months in order to allow a strong union to develop between the metal root and the bone. During this time there will be regular checkups with the dentist who will want to see if the gum is healing correctly and if the body is accepting the root. Titanium is used because this is a metal that is not often rejected by the body. On occasion this has happened, however, so the dentist must keep a close eye on things. After a few months the bond will probably be strong enough to hold onto a prosthetic tooth. This part of the procedure is much simpler than the first part.

Dental implants are considered to be a permanent solution. There is always the chance however that the bone weakens as you continue to age and if this happens the implant can become loose. Be prepared for possible future costs involved and take this into consideration before purchasing implants. Regular implants vary in cost between around Ј1500 and Ј3000 per tooth depending on where you have it done. Smokers in particular suffer from weakened bones in the mouth and so they should think carefully before having this type of work carried out.

A regular dentist is able to carry out this procedure so you should talk to them first if you are considering this type of procedure. They will be able to tell you whether it will work well or whether you are not an appropriate candidate. There are alternative solutions available if you are wanting a whiter, brighter and straighter smile. Much less severe than dental implants is a simple tooth whitening procedure. This is not permanent but does last a good while and can really make your teeth a few shades lighter. If you have badly discoloured teeth then this could be ideal for you. There are over the counter kits available but it is always better to get it done professionally so you can be sure the enamel isn't getting worn away and you are stripping the teeth of any vital components that can lead to lasting sensitivity and pain.

If you are looking for even more of a radical teeth makeover however, then porcelain veneers are available. This is the most expensive option but is considered a permanent solution and can totally transform your smile. It is irreversible however as the teeth have to be shaved before the veneer can be attached, so think carefully before agreeing to have this work carried out.

As well as dental implants there are a few other options available if you are looking for a smile makeover. Talk to your local dentist in Grimsby or other parts of the UK to find out more about each of these procedures.