At Chipping Norton Dental Implant Centre, we can offer you a way to replace one or two missing teeth, without having to sacrifice more healthy teeth to being ground down to support artificial teeth on bridges.
Most people would rather keep their natural teeth intact, which is why our dentists recommend dental implants in Oxfordshire, rather than normal dentures and bridges.
The advantages of dental implants
In Oxfordshire, dental implants are often the best solution if you have one or more missing teeth. This is because the teeth on dental implants are supported directly by the jawbone rather than the teeth adjacent to the gap, which have to be ground down for bridges to be fitted. With dental implants, you get to keep all your healthy teeth. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, or a few, or even both sets of teeth on the upper and lower jaw.
In Oxfordshire, dental implants also keep your jaw healthy. When you lose a tooth, the jawbone around where the root used to be starts to lose density, and the gums recede. This is why dentures become loose over time. Dental implants prevent this loss of bone and gum tissue.
How do they work?
Implants are tiny titanium posts that are screwed into the jawbone along carefully constructed channels created during minor oral surgery. Over the next few months, the titanium causes the jawbone to create new bone tissue, which meshes with the titanium implant, holding it securely in place, just like a natural tooth root.
This process takes several weeks, during which time you can continue to wear artificial teeth. Meanwhile, as you heal, your new teeth are being custom-made in a laboratory by experienced technicians, who will make sure that they blend with your own natural teeth in size, shape and colour. These will be fitted onto your implants via another component called an abutment once the gums and jaw are healed.
Once in place, your dental implants in Oxfordshire will be indistinguishable from the natural teeth they have replaced. You will be able to eat, drink, brush and floss as normal. After a while you may even more or less forget that these implants are not the teeth you were born with.