Losing your teeth, or even just one tooth can be quite traumatising. If you have lost your teeth due to trauma or a build-up of dental decay, it is likely that you had no time to prepare and were caught off guard. In this instance, you might be noticing the changes that come with losing your teeth, including having to change your diet and sunken facial features due to a lack of support from your jaw. Here at Smile Care Cosmetic Centre, we want to give you your life back. We understand the importance of your teeth and are dedicated to providing quality patient care on an individual basis.

In this short article, a member of our team will introduce you to dental implants in Plymouth, as well as the process for installing them and the benefits you can expect.

Am I eligible?

As previously mentioned, losing your teeth can be caused for a variety of reasons. These include old age, trauma, gum disease and a buildup of plaque. If you have experienced an infection that resulted in root canal therapy or tooth extraction as an adult, you might also be missing teeth and finding your confidence deteriorating rapidly. When considering dental implants in Plymouth, it is important to reach out to us so we can thoroughly examine your mouth and take a detailed dental history. We will need to check that the bones and tissue are healthy before recommending the treatment, but we promise to pick the best option for you.

The process

If you’re interested in the dental implants process, then this section of the article will be perfect for you. The process begins with an initial consultation, where as mentioned we will examine your mouth and take a detailed dental history. We may also need to take images and x-rays to ensure that we have the information. There may be some tests involved, including an exam known as an imaging test which will give us a clearer image of the bone in your jaw. Once the tests are passed, we will move on to install the implants. The bottom of the implant is a metal screw that is installed into your jaw, acting as the root of your healthy teeth. There may be some healing time before step two, as we want to ensure that the implant has fused completely with your bone and surrounding tissue. After that, we will install the artificial crown which is known as the abutment.

What are the benefits?

In the introduction to this article, we mentioned sunken facial features. Unfortunately, our facial features need support from the bones in our jaw in order to stay in the correct position. When teeth move, gaps form in the mouth, prompting our surrounding teeth to also move around. As this happens, some patients may notice a sunken expression on their facial features, but artificial teeth can help to prevent or fix this. This treatment also offers a completely natural experience as the abutment is matched in shape, size and colour to your surrounding teeth, meaning that nobody will know the difference. The final benefit, albeit a big one, is that you will no longer have to change your diet. Artificial teeth are made to be stable and strong, allowing you to eat whatever you wish without fear of causing further damage.