Losing a tooth as an adult is traumatic but not uncommon, whether it's down to a sports injury, an accident, or from gum disease or age-related decay. But thanks to a life-changing treatment, self-esteem and a confident smile can be restored in just a couple of appointments with a dental implantologist.
During this innovative implant treatment, implantologists work on a patient's mouth to provide a strong and stable foundation for artificial teeth — such as crowns, bridges or dentures — to be permanently attached to the jawbone.
Dr Peter Workman, clinical director and practice owner at Affinity Dental Care & Implant Centre based in Longlevens, near Gloucester, said: 'Dental implants are suitable for most adults with missing teeth. Whether you've lost a single tooth, multiple teeth or require full-mouth restoration. And they closely resemble your natural teeth in both appearance and functionality; so no more worries about slippage or discomfort.'
This cutting-edge procedure involves surgically placing a small titanium post into the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth, serving as a root for the new tooth.
Over several months of healing, the implant fuses with the bone, creating a strong and stable foundation, to which an abutment (an element that connects the titanium post to the crown) and custom-made crown are attached, completing the new tooth.
Dr Workman, who has placed over 1,000 implants during his career, said: 'Implants stimulate bone growth, preventing the bone loss often associated with missing teeth. This helps maintain your facial structure and oral health.
'They don't interfere with speech and are comfortable to wear — you'll forget you ever lost a tooth. And you can enjoy your favourite foods without restrictions. Dental implants allow you to bite and chew just like you did with natural teeth.'
This treatment starts at around £2,500 for a single tooth, which, while not inexpensive, provides a life-long solution to tooth loss that, not only restores self-esteem and confidence, but also promotes good long-term oral health.
Dr Workman said: 'The impact of dental implants extends far beyond aesthetics. It can rekindle your self-assurance, transform your quality of life and improve overall oral health. You can say goodbye to the inconvenience of traditional dentures and embrace the permanence and authenticity of dental implants.'
For more information on dental implants and to book a consultation, contact Affinity Dental Care & Implant Centre on call (01452) 526526 or visit affinitydentalcare.co.uk.