Senior woman with new dental implantsHow you look has never been so important as it is in this age of the selfie and social media. It’s a big pressure, and having a glaring imperfection such as a missing tooth from a sports injury, can really scupper your chances on the dating scene. Nothing is quite an unsexy as removable false teeth. False teeth and true love just don’t go together. Thankfully, 21st century dentistry has long-lasting alternatives to removable false teeth that mean you can have as many hot dates as you like and no one you kiss will even suspect that not all your teeth are your own. Welcome to the world of dental implants.

Dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth, and then artificial crowns are fitted onto them. This requires oral surgery performed by a specially trained implant dentist. If you live in Edinburgh, dental implants are available from Edinburgh Dental Specialists.

Can you take it?

Dental implants need to be able to withstand strong forces for you to be able to eat properly, so your dentist will need to make sure that your jawbone is strong and healthy enough to cope with the implants. If you are young and have not been missing teeth for too long, this should not be a problem. However, the longer you go without your own teeth, even just one or two, the more chance your jawbone has to deteriorate.

Also, implants are not suitable until your jawbone has stopped growing, so early teenagers cannot have them.

Your implant procedure

The dentist cuts through the gum, sculpts special sockets with a drill, and then inserts implants into the sockets. Most people can have the procedure with a local anaesthetic, but sedation is also an option. Healing takes several weeks to months while the jawbone meshes with implant. Once it has, artificial teeth can be attached.

These are handmade from porcelain to match your own natural teeth, resulting in both a natural look and feel. You can grin and kiss as much as you like, your date will never know that tooth was made by someone in a lab.