Remember those workhouse boys in Oliver! singing about hot sausage and mustard, cold jelly and custard, when there was only gruel? Thats a bit how you can feel when you lose one or more teeth, and, with them, your freedom of choice around food.
Crunchy food (apples, carrots), gloopy foods (nut butters), chewy foods (toffees, steak), bitty foods (seeds and nuts) theres a long list of foods to avoid when you dont have teeth, or wear false ones. If you are a 'live to eat' kind of person, being denied these glories can feel like a terrible punishment. However, there is a solution that can give you back your varied diet, and we have it on hand here at Elmsleigh Dental Clinic in Farnham: dental implants.
How does it work?
In Farnham, dental implants give you back your freedom of choice around food by replacing the root of the tooth as well as the crown. The root is replicated by a titanium post that we insert into the jawbone under local anaesthetic. Some anxious patients choose to receive sedation during this procedure.
The implant becomes a stable and fixed feature in the jawbone, just like a natural root, over the following weeks to months. This is because the titanium fuses with bone tissue to create a stable chewing base that can withstand the significant forces of eating, chewing and biting. Also, because the titanium stimulates bone growth, you keep your full, strong jawbone and avoid the sunken aged look that comes when jaws without tooth roots lose their density.
Once this integration period is completed, you can come back to us for the remaining part of your dental implants in Farnham. During this appointment, we will fit an abutment, or internal screw, into the post. It is onto this that your new artificial crown is fitted.
Your crowns are custom-made to blend in with your natural teeth. We use porcelain matched to the colour of the surrounding teeth. As tooth shape and size is also important, technicians are specially trained to handcraft teeth to match impressions or photographs of your natural teeth.
Once your new teeth are fitted, you can once again enjoy foods that you may have had to avoid for years.