Although dentistry has made great strides in the last few decades, and although the British are now the second most likely nation to visit the dentist, still a massive three quarters of UK adults have lost at least one tooth.
They know just how hard it is to eat even when just one tooth is missing and how much harder it gets to eat every time another tooth goes. Eating is one of life’s most basic pleasures, so finding a good replacement is important. Therefore, it’s no wonder that dental implants in Cheltenham have become people’s first choice replacement method.
Since they first came on the market, dental implants have developed in design and so have insertion techniques. It has become cheaper and easier to get implants, even for those who were once refused treatment. More and more reputable dentists, such as Aura Dental, are offering dental implants in Cheltenham.
The implants in parts
Dental implants come in three sections: the implant, the abutment, and the crown. The implant is a titanium post or screw. It is about 13 millimetres long with a rough surface and an internal screw. It is inserted into the jawbone during oral surgery under local anaesthetic (with optional sedation for nervous dental patients). It is tapped or screwed into a carefully drilled artificial socket. A temporary cap is put over it and the gum replaced. After several weeks of healing, during which the implant integrates with the bone tissue in a process called osseointegration, it is ready to have a crown fitted.
The gum is opened up again and an abutment, a joining section, is screwed into the implant. The crowns are attached to the abutment. One implant can support up to three teeth. There are also implant techniques to replace all of the teeth. One is called All-on-4, which allows for a whole arch of teeth to be attached on only four or six implants. People often choose this procedure for dental implants in Cheltenham as a wonderful compromise treatment that stabilises dentures without the higher costs of an implant for every single tooth.