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What Are The Different Types Of Dental Implants? Harwood Dental at Harwood, Bolton

What Are The Different Types Of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth, whether they’ve been lost due to dental health problems or an accident or injury. Our patients in Bolton choose dental implants to restore the appearance and function of their smile, and today, we’re going to talk a bit more about them and how they work.

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What are the different types of dental implants?

There are several types:

Single tooth implants, for individual teeth
– Implant-supported bridges, for several teeth together
Implant-retained dentures, for one or both sets of teeth

The right choice depends on how many missing teeth you’re replacing and where they are in your mouth. Also, while most people are suitable for dental implants, patients who have gum disease, periodontitis or concerns with their underlying jaw bone may not be able to have treatment, or may require other treatment first.

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What are the advantages of implant-supported bridges?

Like all tooth implants, they look extremely realistic and can be colour-matched to the shade of your smile. They are also extremely durable and reliable, with a high success rate. Finally, experts agree that they can reduce the risk of gum and bone recession and decay around the bridge.

What are the advantages of implant-retained dentures?

Patients find that they can be a more comfortable choice than removable dentures, and no dental adhesive is needed to wear them. This also means there’s less chance of developing sores and tenderness in the mouth, which can happen with regular dentures. Finally, implant-retained dentures can prevent bone loss in the underlying jaw, as well as give the face a better structure around the mouth, which can have anti-ageing benefits.

How often do tooth implants need replacing?

There’s no universal time limit for tooth implants, as it varies on factors like individual oral health, the condition of the underlying jaw bone, evidence of gum disease and even diet. But, most dentists agree that there’s the possibility of dental implants lasting a lifetime with regular check-ups at the dentist and a good standard of oral care.

How complex are dental implants to get used to?

Any kind of dental work can take some acclimating to – even something like a scale and polish can make your mouth feel different, especially if it’s been a while since your last visit. Dental implants can feel a little sore once placed, but when healed, they’ll likely feel just like your other teeth, owing to the fact they are permanently implanted in the jawbone. Within a few weeks of your treatment, it’s highly likely you’ll feel like you’ve always had them – and best of all, they’ll look like they’ve always been there, too.

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We’re experts in dental implants here in Bolton. For comments, questions or consultations, talk to our friendly team today.

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