Keep still and carry on

Dental and Oral Health

Number one on the requirement list for replacement teeth must surely be that they stay still and carry on with eating and talking where the natural teeth left off. Having replacement teeth that mimic natural teeth so well in function as well as appearance has been the Holy Grail of dentists for thousands of years. Yes, mummies have been found with replacement teeth in their heads. Until only 30 or so years ago, the best dentistry had come up with was either dentures or fixed bridgework. Then along came dental implants in Milton Keynes and the game changed.

Now dental implants in Milton Keynes are nearly everyone’s first choice for replacement teeth. Having dental implants fitted requires minor oral surgery, so it’s important to find a dental practice with surgeons who have good experience, such as those at Northlight Dental.

What’s so great about dental implants?

There’s a world of difference between dental implants in Milton Keynes and their more old-fashioned alternatives. Dental implants are titanium posts or screws that are fitted into artificial sockets carefully placed in the jawbone. Here they integrate with the bone, which grows new tissue all over them. When this process of osseointegration is complete, which takes 2-6 months, the implants are held in place as firmly as the patient’s own teeth once were. This means there are no holds barred on diet. The patient can eat whatever they fancy, secure in the knowledge that they once again have full chewing power.

This stability also means that the patient does not have to worry about embarrassing moments of wobble when talking or laughing.

The other great thing about dental implants is that they don’t interfere with the patient’s remaining natural teeth in anyway, unlike fixed bridges, which require the sacrifice of 2 neighbouring healthy teeth to act as buttresses for the bridge.

The other great thing about dental implants in Milton Keynes is that they are very long-lasting. Expect them to keep going for at least 15 years, and much longer in all probability. All it takes is a good dental hygiene routine to keep gum disease at bay and the implants could last a lifetime.

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