A guide to dental implants and new teeth

Dental implants don’t just restore aesthetic beauty to your smile, they also give you back full functionality in your jaw. At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, our skilled implant dentist, Dr Duncan Ralston, can replace one, some, or all of your natural teeth with dental implants.

dental-implants-LeicesterYou should always replace missing teeth, ideally immediately or as soon as possible after tooth loss occurs. To do otherwise risks both your dental and general health in the long term.

One missing tooth instantly puts more strain on those teeth that remain; other teeth also often move into any gaps, becoming twisted, misaligned, and harder to keep clean in the process. This can lead to a build-up of dental plaque, which can ultimately lead to further tooth loss.

Several or all missing teeth will impact upon your diet, as you may find yourself limited to soft foods or liquids, struggling to get proper nutrition. In addition, your jaw bone may start to shrink and your gums to recede, causing traditional dentures to become loose and affecting diet, speech, and confidence.

With dental implants, your dentist is able to address all of these problems. Small titanium screws that are placed directly in your jaw bone in a minor operation here at our Leicester practice, implants are bionic tooth roots. As well as holding replacement teeth firmly in place, they also actively prevent both bone loss and gum recession.

Leicester dental implants

When you come to our Leicester dental practice for an implant consultation, your dentist will discuss the most appropriate treatment for you. Dental implants can be used to support a single crown, a dental bridge, or an implant-retained denture.

With dental implants you will soon be enjoying a second chance at a healthy mouth of teeth, with no dietary restrictions. A recent survey showed that the four foods that make us smile the most are chocolate, curry, a roast dinner, and a breakfast fry-up. If you’ve worn dentures for some time you may have missed these favourites; with dental implants, you will be able to enjoy them all once more – as an occasional treat, of course!