Unlike standard dentures or bridges, dental implants keep your jaw bone strong and healthy. When the natural tooth roots are missing, the jaw bone begins to resorb (shrink), which will alter the fit of your dentures and cause them to become loose.
Loose-fitting dentures cause a wide range of issues, including restricting what you eat, making it harder to speak with clarity, and negatively affecting your confidence. Furthermore, standard dental bridges often require the destruction of a perfectly healthy tooth structure on your adjacent teeth to facilitate the placement of crowns.
Dental implants don’t require any destruction of a healthy tooth structure and fully support your new teeth. Because they are made from titanium and they are placed in direct contact with your jaw bone, they prevent that bone from shrinking, keeping dentures or bridges firmly in place as well as helping to preserve your facial structure to stop you looking old before your time.
Most patients at The Mall Stockport dental practice only require local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants, because your dentist will use the latest technology to intricately plan it before you have surgery. We do also offer treatment under dental sedation, should you need a little extra help to relax.
Some dentists still turn patients away for dental implants if they have already suffered bone loss. The Mall Stockport is different; our skilled implantology team are able to perform additional bone grafting procedures prior to the placement of dental implants, which will restore a good level of density to your jaw bone.
A bone graft will add extra months onto your treatment plan, but it’s worth it so that you can enjoy the benefits of dental implants, including:
- eating what you like
- speaking clearly
- smiling and socialising with confidence.
The average treatment time with dental implants at The Mall Stockport clinic is six months, during which time your implants will integrate fully with your jaw bone.