Mind the Gap

Being active is a really important part of being alive and, with so many people having sedentary jobs, the emphasis on sport has grown over the last few decades. People are getting out mountain biking, skateboarding, stand up paddleboarding, climbing, playing team sports, and more. Their bodies and minds benefit hugely from the exercise, but with almost every sport there is a chance of getting teeth knocked out. This loss of teeth at a young age is one of the drivers behind the increase in the uptake of treatment for dental implants in Loughton.

When only one or two teeth are missing and the rest are strong and healthy, the patient used to be offered the choice between a fixed bridge or a partial denture. Now, in Loughton, dental implants are also on the menu from good dental practices, such as Broadway Dental.

How does it work?

Dental implants have been around for a few decades now, but their popularity has increased exponentially in the past decade. Implants differ from removable dentures and fixed bridges in that they replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown.

In Loughton, dental implants are normally fitted in a procedure carried out under local anaesthetic, which involves drilling a new tooth socket into the jawbone and then inserting the implant – a tiny post made out of titanium. Titanium is the go-to metal for all implants because it is lightweight and also because it has the ability to encourage new bone tissue growth and to actually fuse with that growth. This means the jawbone holds the implant securely in place just as it would a real tooth. Once this healing process has been given several weeks to take place, an internal screw called an abutment is inserted into the post.

This is the platform onto which artificial teeth can be fitted as single crowns, bridges of a few teeth, or a whole set of teeth for the upper or lower jaw. The custom-made porcelain teeth are indistinguishable from the surrounding real teeth and, because they are securely anchored, can be used for chewing and biting just as if they were real teeth.