If you have lost a tooth then you’ll probably want to replace it in the best way you can, but for many people cost will be a factor. Bearing this in mind you may have looked at having a dental implant in Leeds and disregarded the idea due to the length of time required to complete treatment, and the total cost. It’s true that dental implants are slightly more expensive than the alternative methods of replacing lost teeth, but they’re much better and if you’re interested in taking a long-term view of your oral health then they are worthy of investigation. Although they may cost a little more upfront, dental implants can last for years and years, so in the longer term you could end up paying less and will know you have chosen the best option for your dental health.
Reasons for Considering Dental Implants
There are lots of different reasons as to why it’s worth considering a dental implant in Leeds, and top of that list is the effect a dental implant has on the your jawbone. We know we’ve mentioned it before, but dental implants are the best way of making sure you don’t lose too much jawbone. Your natural teeth have quite long roots that extend into your jawbone. One reason for this is that they help to hold the tooth firmly in place, as they also have ligaments that are attached to the tooth socket.
Another reason is that they help to transmit chewing and biting forces to the bone surrounding the root, ensuring it keeps renewing old bone cells so it remains healthy and strong. When you have a natural tooth extracted then your dentist in Leeds will also extract the tooth roots, removing this stimulation. Other methods of tooth replacements such as bridges or partial dentures don’t do anything to replace the tooth roots, but in contrast the post of a dental implant is inserted quite a way into the jawbone, replicating a natural tooth root and providing the stimulation needed to keep your jawbone healthy and strong.
Alternative methods for replacing lost teeth won’t feel quite as good as dental implants, as these will look and function exactly the same way as a natural tooth, and can be flossed and brushed as normal. If you are sensitive about the way your teeth look then dental implants will help restore your self-confidence. Leeds City Dentalcare has treated many patients and Dr David Brown and all the dentists here have seen first-hand the results that can be achieved through having a well-placed dental implant. The success rate of dental implants is extremely high, and is typically at least 95%, although this does depend on you looking after your implant once the surgery is completed. A well looked after implant could last for 20 years or even your lifetime, so you can see it is extremely economical in the long term.
If you are considering dental implants then it’s best to have them placed sooner rather than later as your jawbone will begin to reabsorb soon after your natural teeth are extracted. Although it can be replaced through having a dental bone graft, it’s obviously better to try to avoid any additional procedures. Early treatment means you can begin benefiting from having dental implants in Leeds as soon as possible.