In the UK alone, 40% of the population are unhappy with how their teeth look. According to a recent survey, 48% are planning on exploring cosmetic dentistry*.
If you are unhappy with your smile, it may be because you have a tooth missing. Whilst tooth decay is the most common reason for losing a tooth, it can also be caused by oral disease, medical conditions or an accident.
The good news is, you don’t have to live with gaps in your teeth as there are a number of dental treatments available that can restore your smile and confidence. Whether it is dentures or dental implants, Dentalia can help you get your smile summer ready:
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth, made from acrylic, nylon or metal. Once you adjust to wearing them, they can feel just like a natural part of your smile. When needed, your dentist will make impressions of your teeth to create custom made dentures. This will allow more bespoke care, catering to your specific dental needs.
There is a choice of either complete dentures, where all of your upper or lower teeth need replacing, or partial dentures where you only need to fit one or a few gaps.
Being removable makes dentures such a convenient option. At first, you will need to eat small pieces of soft foods and avoid chewy, sticky and hard foods. This is to keep your dentures in good condition. However, you will eventually be able to ease yourself back into your regular diet.
Cleaning will be much easier as you can physically take the dentures out and see properly what you are doing. You may also be advised to remove your dentures at night, so you don’t have trouble sleeping.
During the course of your treatment, your dentures will need to be relined, remade or rebased by your dentist. This is simply due to normal wear and to cater for your mouth changing with age. To avoid your dentures becoming difficult, irritating or loosening, book annual appointments with your dentist.
Dental implants are metal posts or frames which you have surgically fitted to your jawbones. The implant will create a stable base for your dentist to fix in replacement teeth. Being secure will also preventing slipping or shifting, which could make speaking and eating difficult.
To qualify for dental implants, you will need healthy gums and bones strong enough to support the treatment. You must also be dedicated to a recommended care routine to keep the structures healthy. Meticulous oral hygiene and routine dental appointments will be essential for long-term treatment success.
Cleaning dental implants can be made easy when following your dentist’s advice.
Deciding between dentures and dental implants will depend on your specific needs. Explore your options and see which will fit best with your daily routines and which you will find easier to care for, then make an appointment to see your dentist!
At Dentalia, we provide the complete dental service for all your family. Our team of qualified, friendly experts provide first class treatments, to maintain and improve your smile.
For further advice on available treatments, book an appointment with our Basingstoke dentist today on 01256 353033.
*Forty per cent of Brits ‘unhappy with their teeth’, Dentistry, 5th February 2018, https://www.dentistry.co.uk/2018/02/05/40-unhappy/