30% of adults smile more than 20 times day. According to numerous surveys these will be the same people who are more likely to be promoted at work and lucky in love. Smiles are powerful! 14% of adults smile less then 5 times a day. If you fall into this latter category, is it because you’re embarrassed about your smile – because you have missing teeth? Dental implants can restore your smile and your self confidence.


Here at the Raynesway Dental practice in Derby, we provide single dental implants as well as dental implant supported dentures, should you have more than one tooth missing. The sooner you can get to us following tooth loss, the less invasive the fitting procedure is likely to be.


The health benefits of dental implants


As soon as you lose a tooth, your existing teeth are likely to spread out into the gap and out of alignment. This means your once straight teeth may begin to look decidedly more crooked and crooked teeth can cause a whole new set of problems.


Overlapping teeth create surfaces that are hard to reach with your toothbrush. Food particles that get trapped easily here lead to tooth decay and can also cause gum disease. Cavities and serious health conditions associated with gum disease, such as diabetes, strokes and heart disease, can all potentially be avoided, simply by having a dental implant fitted.


Another health problem associated with not replacing missing teeth is atrophy of the jawbone. Your jawbone requires constant stimulation from the roots of your teeth in order to remain healthy, but once a tooth root had been removed, that area of the jawbone is no longer being stimulated. A dental implant supplies an artificial root to do the same job. A healthy jawbone will help you keep your youthful looks for longer.


The fitting process


The titanium root of the implant will be fitted first. It will be inserted into the jawbone. During the healing period, ossseo-integration should be taking place. A temporary crown will be fitted straight away, but once the gum has healed then a permanent crown will be added. Speech problems and eating discomfort caused by having a missing tooth should be alleviated.


You’ll have a natural-looking prosthetic tooth to fill in the gap in your smile. Your tooth implant will give you the confidence to smile and potentially give you the confidence to join the 30% of people who smile more than 20 times a day, as well as all the benefits that brings.


If you have a missing tooth, or teeth, due to accident, injury or tooth extraction, please get in touch to find out more about dental implants. Our experienced, friendly dentists will be able to answer all your questions.