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When are dental implants the right solution?

A brief overview of tooth loss

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Have you or one of your loved ones been affected by tooth loss? It is a more common condition than you would think! It affects people of any age, however children go through a process of natural tooth loss starting approximately between the ages of 6-7 and lasting until about the age of 13. In this process the milk teeth are replaced by permanent teeth.

Adult tooth loss is different however, and always pathological, as we do not grow new teeth. The main causes of tooth loss at an adult age are tooth decay, gum disease (periodontal disease) and injuries. These conditions are often avoidable by maintaining appropriate oral hygiene and having an oral health care routine. Make sure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, use tooth floss and sometimes use antimicrobial mouthwashes. With this you can greatly reduce your risk of tooth loss, because you can prevent bacterial overgrowth in the oral cavity.

Bacterial overgrowth results in the overproduction of organic acids, which are by-products of oral bacteria. The elevated level of organic acids can contribute to the dissolution of the tooth’s mineral content, which ultimately results in tooth decay. If tooth decay has progressed to the pulp tissue inside your teeth, it is often irreversible and leads to tooth loss. However if you have been affected by tooth loss, you should not worry too much. Modern dentistry has found various solutions to address this widespread condition! One example is the use of dental implants. Contact our dental practice, Warrendale Dental to find out more about getting dental implants in Herefordshire.

How do dental implants work?

Luckily, the modern solutions for tooth loss are getting better and better. One of the most important treatments of this condition are dental implants in Herefordshire. But how do they work?

Dental implants work by grafting a piece of metal into the jawbone, which acts as an artificial root. This is used to hold an artificial tooth or teeth, depending on your individual condition. Many people call dental implants the best way to replace missing teeth because of their durability, longevity and permanence. The implants are made out of the metal titanium, which is quite a specific metal in this sense, because our bodies recognise it as if it was natural tissue and thus it can replace roots.

Many patients are afraid of surgical procedures, especially dental ones. If you experience such fears, sedation before the procedure can be applied. This can happen either orally or through an injection. You will be awake throughout the process, but highly relaxed and sedated. The procedure is not painful either, given that there are not many nociceptive nerve terminals in your jawbone which would perceive pain. Local anaesthetic is also used throughout the procedure, therefore pain is really not an issue. Contact our dental practice, Warrendale Dental  if you or your loved ones would like to find out more about dental implants in Herefordshire. In the initial consultation session your individual condition will be evaluated first. Dental implants are not for every condition, and some patients may require some preparatory dental works prior to getting implants. If you have any periodontal diseases, they will require treatment before commencing the dental implant surgery.

Is needing dental implants in Hertfordshire standing in the way of your success?

Be the change you want to see

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At Warrendale Dental, nothing makes our committed team of expert practitioners and professionals happier than seeing the success of their work pay off in the improvement and elevation in the self-esteem and inner confidence of the patients they serve. We recognise the increase in social pressure which may cause a number of new patients to seek out cosmetic dentistry options, and we are fully dedicated to ensuring that every unique smile we treat leaves our practice looking its absolute best.

One of the most effective and positively impactful treatments which we regularly provide here at Warrendale Dental, is dental implants in Hertfordshire. We are happy to see a rise in interest around dental implant treatment as more and more people of all ages are taking it upon themselves to make a lasting, positive change to their dental wellbeing.

Why seek out dental implants?

Many people who have lost teeth, do not immediately seek out dental implants, but rather settle for more common treatments such as dental crowns and bridges, or do not seek treatment at all. Most people who receive dentures or dental bridges often find them to be largely uncomfortable and that they can impact the person’s ability to properly chew tougher foods. The primary reason for this is that treatments of this sort address the issue of a lost tooth on a purely cosmetic basis, by sitting on the patient’s gumline.

Dental implants in Hertfordshire tackle the issue of a missing tooth at (quite literally) its root. This is done through the insulation of a titanium-alloy false tooth-root, directly within the bone tissue of the patient. Although crowns and dentures can be uncomfortable, restraining from receiving any treatment at all from a missing tooth can have far more dire consequences, and even result in the facial structure of a patient being visibly altered as the diseased bone tissue of the affected tooth or teeth is reabsorbed over time. This is why we urge anybody who has lost a tooth – however long ago – to consider speaking to one of our professionals here at Warrendale Dental about dental implants in Hertfordshire.

How do I go about receiving treatment?

If you have lost a tooth, or have been suffering from a missing tooth for some time and feel you may wish to get dental implants, then the first stage in the process would be to arrange a consultation with our implant experts here at Warrendale Dental. In doing so, you can effectively begin your journey towards a full set of healthy teeth. At your consultation, one of our expert practitioners will explain the implant process in detail, and ask some simple questions about your dental history. This consultation also allows you to ask us any questions which you may have about the dental implant process, and what you can expect the results to be.

Next, one of our expert practitioners will determine your gum and tooth health – which is of utmost importance as a patient’s gums must be healthy enough to undergo the dental implant process. After this, a titanium-alloy socket will be embedded within the bone tissue of the patient, in between the space where they are missing one or more teeth. This will act as a permanently fused anchor-point onto which a denture is fixed in such a way that it will be as sturdy as a natural tooth ought to be.

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Wake up to the new age

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Here at Warrendale Dental, we are thrilled to be at the forefront of a new age in cosmetic dentistry. As people are increasingly paying closer attention to the way that they look, it has caused a surge of new patients who are – for the first time – seeking out information on the possibilities that cosmetic dentistry could bring to them.

One of the most popular treatments of this nature, which has had a significant overall increase in engagement and awareness in, is dental implants in Herefordshire. Unlike most other forms of treatment to combat lost teeth, dental implants not only solve the problem on a superficial level, but also allow all the luxuries of having a whole set of natural teeth.

What are dental implants?

For those who are unaware, the dental implants in Hertfordshire which we offer here at Warrendale Dental, fill in the space which is left when a tooth has been lost by inserting an artificial tooth root directly into the jawbone of the patient. As such, it allows for a far more sturdy and longer-lasting implant to be inserted. Whilst the most common methods for replacing a lost or damaged tooth, such as crowns or dental bridges, work by sitting on the gums of the patient and filling in the missing space superficially, dental implants in Herefordshire go deeper, by directly bonding themselves within the bone tissue that is surrounding the lost tooth or teeth. As such, the procedure requires that patients have to undergo a brief dental operation.

As a proprietary measure here at Warrendale Dental, before any treatment or procedure is actually carried out, all patients must undergo a dental assessment to gauge how healthy their gums and teeth are. This is an essential part of any procedure, as it is our duty of care to ensure that each of our patients is dentally fit enough to proceed with treatments. If there are any signs of gingivitis – which is a common indicator that periodontal disease may be in development – then certain treatments, including dental implants, may not be carried out until the patient’s gums are healthy enough.

What does the procedure involve?

The initial stages of dental implant treatment from our team here at Warrendale Dental begin in the same manner as every treatment we provide – with a friendly consultation. This consultation allows us to inform the patient of their various treatment options, and construct an individualised treatment plan that is tailored to their needs. Thereafter follows the assessment of the patient’s underlying oral health, which – providing there are no clear indicators of anything which could impact the treatment – would be followed by the actual implant process.

This starts with a hole being surgically made, directly deep into the patient’s jawbone – within the gap where the implant is intended to go. Next, a titanium-alloy socket (or false tooth-root) is embedded deeply within this hole. The space is then sealed over and given time to heal. It is during this healing period that the titanium-alloy metal and the bone inside the patient’s jaw bond themselves together. The result of this fusion means that there is now an anchor-point that is permanently fused in place and onto which a new tooth can be attached. The new tooth will both look as well as feel completely identical to natural teeth and patients can begin enjoying their new, improved smile.

Fixing a single problem with dental implants before it becomes worse

Other than the obvious problem of having a single missing tooth – the appearance of your smile and its effect on your confidence, there are often negative long term side effects that many people may not consider. While some may choose to leave a gap in their teeth, whether it’s due to injury or decay, this is actually a road to greater oral health problems in the future. We at Warrendale Dental understand the potential problems you may face and can ensure that dental implants in Herefordshire may prevent them.

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Risk factors of a single missing tooth

It is important to note that these risks only apply to adults. Children losing teeth is a natural and necessary process, but once adult teeth are finished growing and fixed in place, losing them could present the following problems:

Jaw bone loss – We often think of our bones as something that is just there, never changing and always pretty solid. However, this is not the case with the jaw bone. The tooth plays a vital role in the health and function of the jawbone. As it anchors itself in the socket of the bone it supports the area surrounding it. Once the tooth is removed, the bone no longer has the support it needs, causing it to collapse. With dental implants in Herefordshire, the gap left by the missing tooth is replaced thus allowing the bone to adhere to something once more.

Shifting teeth – Once a gap is opened due to a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth then have space to move around. This may cause spacing between teeth that was never a problem before and can seriously affect your bite too.

Bite problems – Also known as malocclusion, this not only impacts the health of your remaining teeth but also affect your jaw joints, head, neck, and muscles surrounding your jaw. Negative impacts on these areas can lead to headaches, tooth sensitivity, chewing problems, TMJD, and muscle pain, as well as the unnatural wearing of teeth.

Eating and digestion – We rely on our teeth to eat whole and healthy foods. Our front teeth are used to bite off chunks of food while our back teeth grind up those bites into digestible portions. Should either one of these areas be missing a tooth, it may become difficult for you to bite and chew correctly, causing digestive issues that may lead to other health concerns like indigestion or even a lack of decent nutrition as your condition worsens and you are unable to eat good foods.

Facial aesthetics – Your teeth and a healthy jaw directly affect the structure and appearance of your face. Missing teeth may cause your face to look sunken and therefore aged as the structure collapses inwards.

Speech – Your teeth help you speak words correctly, shaping them into the sounds we recognize as speech. Should teeth go missing, your speech could possibly turn into a lisp and you may experience slurring and unintentional whistling while you speak.

Avoiding these problems

By replacing a single missing tooth with dental implants in Herefordshire as soon as you lose it, your chances of avoiding these risk factors are much higher than if you leave it for a later date. It is easier to replace one tooth than try to fix the consequences of ignoring it.

Why should I consider dental implants?

You must replace the teeth you lose. Apart from changing your appearance, absent pearly whites can negatively affect your oral health.

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Fortunately, there are several tooth replacement solutions from which you can choose. That being said, our clinic, Warrendale Dental, boasts several success stories about dental implants in Herefordshire.

Read on to find out why tooth implants are the better choice over dentures and other appliances.

Implants are almost as good as real teeth

Not only does the device look like a natural pearly white, but it functions like one too because from the root to the crown, the entire tooth is restored.

Replacing the whole tooth and not just the parts that are visible is vital due to the following. An artificial root plays the identical role of a real one; when you bite down, you stimulate your jaw. When the jaw is understimulated, the bone underneath your missing teeth starts to collapse, resulting in bone resorption and further teeth loss. After prolonged use, denture-wearers tend to have hollow cheeks and sunken skin because these parts aren’t exercised from the root. 

The crown component of your new teeth might improve your smile, but it has a dual functionality that helps you to eat and chew your food without difficulty.

A secure foundation

Dental implants in Herefordshire are securely fastened into your jawbone and can be easily removed, unless by a professional using tools, nor dislodged.

You can perform your daily activities, knowing you won’t be inconvenienced by an unpredictable device that moves around in your mouth, such as dentures.

Dentures tend to slip or fall out of place at inopportune moments, when you eat, sleep, laugh or cough, which can be highly frustrating and embarrassing if this occurs in front of other people.

At the same time, while dental implants in Herefordshire feel natural, dentures are often described as cumbersome by their wearers. Even with metal clasps attached to them, dentures can be uncomfortable for some people.

Long-lasting, cost-effective and high success rates

Implants might cost more than dentures, but in the long run, their benefits justify the higher price point. They can also last much longer, depending on how well you take care of them. So long as you maintain good oral hygiene and avoid tobacco products, implants can last from 25 years up to a lifetime because they’re resistant to decay. The same can’t be said for alternative solutions, which have an average lifespan of seven to ten years.

Tooth implants also have higher success rates where, if you’re reasonably healthy, the chance of the implant being rejected are low.

Easier to clean

Dentures require specialised cleaning solutions, while implants can be treated like a regular tooth. While you don’t have to incorporate new steps into your cleaning regime, you must take care of your teeth by optimising your oral hygiene.

While the implant isn’t susceptible to cavities, the surrounding gums can contract nasty infections, such as gingivitis, so it’s important that you don’t forget to floss and brush your teeth.

Key benefits of dental implants

With more and more people choosing to go with implants over traditional options like dentures it’s worth looking into why. Here at Warrendale Dental we are well informed and want to share with you some of the benefits that can come from choosing dental implants in Herefordshire.

What are dental implants?

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There are a whole host of benefits to choosing dental implants and we will be highlighting just a few of these in this article. But first what are dental implants? Simply put, dental implants are anchor points that are fixed directly into the jaw or cheek if required. Once fully healed these provide a firm base for your new tooth allowing a false tooth to be screwed into place with peace of mind.

So let’s get into some of the benefits of the whole process

Aesthetically

Choosing to have dental implants in Herefordshire can improve many aspects of your appearance aesthetically. It can stop your surrounding teeth moving excessively where a gap might have been before, It can even affect the shape of your face. With missing teeth a person’s face can sag or appear sunken. But perhaps the most obvious benefit aesthetically is in having a nice full smile once again.

Dental implants are not just a temporary option

Whereas traditional dentures and bridges need replacing relatively often, your dental implants in Herefordshire, if well maintained, and under supervision from our team, can last many years into the future.

What they are made of?

This is a really nice benefit. The implants are made from titanium. It’s an amazing metal that is used in an array of surgical procedures and for good reason. Your implant will be viewed as natural tissue by the body, allowing your gums and blood vessels to grow around it to form a really solid base for your new teeth. 

Eat what you like

Unlike traditional dentures where you may resort to softer foods, with a dental implant, you can continue to enjoy all the food you have always loved. Although we would always recommend a healthy and balanced diet of course.

Simple aftercare

Following the fitting of your new dental implant, you will receive excellent aftercare and advice. After a period of time, the low maintenance of dental implants really shines through. You don’t need to remove them or leave them in a dish overnight. You simply brush and floss them as you would your natural teeth.

With us they can be affordable

With implants available from us there’s no need for this option to break the bank. In fact, if you book a free consultation with us, not only can we discuss in depth the entire process and the excellent level of care you can expect from us, but we can also tell you about our finance and credit packages.

As has been mentioned already your first step really is to get in touch with us at Warrendale Dental and talk through the various options in front of you, as well as your suitability for the procedure. We’re happy to talk you through the entire process and address any concerns you may have, so what are you waiting for?

Are dental implants right for you?

Here at Warrendale Dental, we pride ourselves on the level of care we provide. This is reflected in a 2017 survey that saw 99% of our customers recommend us to their friends. This excellent care includes our popular treatment; dental implants in Herefordshire. Why would you want a dental implant? What does the process consist of? Should you be daunted by the prospect of surgery? Let’s find out!

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What is a dental implant?

This is a very good question. Here at Warrendale Dental, we don’t expect you to be the experts. While you prepare for your dental implants in Herefordshire we are happy to talk you through the entire process from start to finish during an in-depth consultation. Rest assured you are in very good hands. We can determine if you require a single tooth or more complex treatments. In short, these implants are anchor points that are fixed into the jawbone if the bone density is suitable, or even the cheekbone if required. A replacement tooth is then fixed to these anchor points to ensure your smile is restored to its former glory. This process, therefore, is more durable and much longer lasting than typical dentures.

The wonders of titanium

Titanium has long been used for surgical implants in various forms. It is lightweight, incredibly resilient and versatile. It binds to the bone while the body grows around it making it the perfect material for dental work. This is why we choose this amazing material for our implants here at Warrendale Dental.

What to consider?

During your one to one consultation with our team here at Warrendale Dental, you will discuss all aspects surrounding the fitting and aftercare of your dental implants in Herefordshire. We will consider your suitability for this treatment. This would include checking for gum disease, whether you smoke and whether you currently have uncontrolled type two diabetes. These are some areas we would want to try and address with you prior to treatment. This will give your new implants the best chance and allow your jaw or cheekbone to heal efficiently.

What are the pricing options?

You might find yourself thinking you would love dental implants and that they seem perfect for you, but what if you can’t afford them? We would respond to this by encouraging you to contact us and talk through the options. Our staff are friendly and understanding and can supply you with all our pricing options, including twelve month and two-year finance and credit options.

What will happen on the day?

While surgery may seem a bit intimidating to some, rest assured we will make it as comfortable as possible for you. You will be administered a local anaesthetic to ensure you feel little discomfort and additional sedation is an option should you need it. A hole is then drilled into your jawbone where the implant can be fixed in place. While this may seem daunting do not worry this process is more simple even then a filling and deemed less painful to most. Ultimately the best thing you can do, if you are thinking of dental implants in Herefordshire, is to talk to our team at Warrendale Dental who will put you in the full picture and help make sure you’re smiling again.

Why are dental implants in Herefordshire so important?

Dental implants are an extremely popular long term solution for missing teeth, and are an effective form of restorative dentistry within Herefordshire. Our dental clinic offers dental implants to patients who are experiencing the loss of one, several, or even a whole row of teeth within the mouth. Aside from their popularity and durable nature, many patients may be wondering why it is so important to replace their missing teeth, and whether it is really necessary to receive implant dentistry.

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A healthier and happier smile

Dental implants in Herefordshire are a great way to restore the aesthetic appearance of a patient’s smile. This particular form of restorative dentistry can not only make your smile look great, using our custom made porcelain crowns which blend in completely with the surrounding teeth within the mouth, however it can also help your mouth stay healthy.

Restoring the function of your teeth with dental implants in Herefordshire

It is common knowledge within the field of dentistry that missing teeth can cause speech impairment, as well as a diminished level of self-confidence, however it can also lead to a lower level of dental health. Missing teeth can make it extremely difficult for patients to drink, and chew normally (in addition to brushing and flossing their teeth) this can unfortunately lead to a build-up of plaque and tartar on the surface of the teeth.

How can this affect the health of my teeth?

A build-up of oral bacteria which later turns to plaque can unfortunately result in oral diseases and infections, such as gum disease, for example, which we always strive to avoid at our dental clinic within Herefordshire.

How long do dental implants really last?

Patients who are looking to receive dental implants at our dental clinic within Herefordshire may consider their dental treatment as both a large emotional and financial investment, which is why they may wish to know how long their implants will last. Investing in your dental health is extremely important, and something we encourage at our clinic, however the durability of your dental implants may depend on your individual case.

Taking care of your dental implants

Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth, as well as functioning much like natural teeth within the mouth, however it is extremely important that they are cared for correctly. Many of our patients may be pleasantly surprised when they discover how easy implants are to take care of. Dental implants can be cared for in the same way as natural teeth, they require brushing and flossing frequently, as a build-up of oral bacteria on the teeth and the gums can cause the dental implants to fail. When your implants are cared for correctly they can last for an extremely long time, therefore making them a worthwhile financial investment in your oral health, and your physical appearance.

The financial cost of your dental implants

At our dental clinic within Herefordshire we aim to promote a high standard of dental care, as well as competitive dental prices. If you are interested in receiving dental implants, then we offer a free initial consultation, as well as monthly payments if this will help. We want as many people as possible to have access to this life enhancing treatment.

What are dental implants in Herefordshire?

Dental implants are a popular form of restorative dentistry and are considered as the best form of tooth replacement within the field of modern dental care, and at our clinic within Herefordshire. Dental implants are a long lasting solution for missing teeth, and can be used to replace one, several, or even whole rows of teeth within the mouth, in addition to denture stabilisation.

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What to expect from the treatment process

Many of our patients may have heard of dental implants in Herefordshire however they may be unsure of what to expect from the treatment process, especially those who feel anxious within a dental environment. If you are considering this particular form of tooth replacement at our dental clinic within Herefordshire, then you may be interested in the implant process.

The first step

Much like any dental treatment, dental implants in Herefordshire always start with an initial consultation. During an initial consultation patients can expect to receive a thorough oral examination, as well as a pricing estimate, and general dental advice to ease any of your treatment concerns.

The next step in your treatment process

Once you have discussed your tooth replacement with our experienced dental team here at Warrendale Dental, we can start to devise your treatment plan, tailor made for your unique dental case. The first step is to place the dental implant in the jaw (a small titanium screw typically less than one centimetre long), once this has healed correctly we can attach your porcelain crown, to ensure your aesthetic appearance is never compromised.

A dental service you can trust

We understand that choosing a dental clinic to receive any form of dental treatment (whether this be general routine dentistry, or more complex dental care) can be difficult, especially for parents choosing a surgery for their child. Our dental clinic embraces modern advancements within dental technology, and our website is no exception.

An alternative perspective

Aside from our positive reputation within the local and surrounding area, we understand that many of our new patients may appreciate hearing from those who have previously received implants. Located on our dental website we display a wide array of patient testimonials, all of which are evidence of the excellent standard of dental care we provide.

How much do dental implants in Herefordshire cost?

The exact pricing of your restorative dentistry may weigh heavily on an array of factors, one of which being the number of teeth you are missing from within the mouth. Patients may be looking for a single tooth replacement or could be looking for something more complex like a ‘retained bridge’ used for the replacement of multiple teeth, which will cost more.

How to pay for your restorative dental treatment

Many patients may be startled by the upfront cost of dental implants, however they need not be deterred. Our dental clinic not only offers interest free credit over the course of a twelve month period, but we also give our patients the opportunity to pay for their chosen treatment over the course of several years (with low bearing financial credit).

Can I afford dental implants in Herefordshire?

Choosing to receive private dental health care can be considered a large emotional and financial investment. Hefty upfront dental costs can be a deterrent for many, which is why our clinic within Ross-On-Wye aims to lift the financial burden for our patients. We never ask our patients to pay for their dental treatment as an upfront cost.

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Our monthly payment plan

Our clinic understands that paying for dental care can be stressful, which is why we offer our dental implants for an affordable amount each month (with the use of a quote reference). Our zero per cent finance plans allow our patients to pay off their restorative dentistry, with no interest on top of their treatment.

Need more time?

We understand that patients who are receiving dental implants in Herefordshire may bear varying financial situations, which is why we promote variety. Many of our patients may embrace 0% interest over a twelve month period, however some of our patients may need a little longer. If you are interested in spreading the cost of your dental implants, we offer a low credit payment plan for a time span of two years or more.

Finding a solution that suits you

Aside from our flexible finance plans, many of our patients may be unsure of which option is best suited for them, and their needs. If you are considering receiving dental work, but are confused about your treatment costs, feel free to give us a call, or discuss your concerns with an initial consultation at our clinic.

Can dental implants in Herefordshire be used for the replacement of multiple teeth?

Yes! Many of our patients may believe that dental implants are only suitable for the replacement of single teeth, however they can be used to replace multiple teeth within the mouth. Single dental implants use one titanium screw (which aims to replicate the natural tooth root) to support one crown, however multiple implants can be used to support a ‘bridge’.

How do dental implants replace several teeth?

Dental implants have been hailed within the field of dentistry as an excellent form of tooth replacement, which is why they are also used to replace several teeth within the mouth. A single dental implant can be used to support one crown, however it can also be used to support up to three connected porcelain crowns.

Patients who have lost a whole arch of teeth

Patients may have lost a whole row of teeth due to health concerns, however a whole arch of porcelain crowns can be supported by just two or four dental implants.

Dental implants are not only used for the replacement of missing teeth

Despite common misconception, dental implants can be used for alternative reasons. Patients of the older generation may find living with dentures hard, due to their unstable and uncomfortable nature. If you are struggling with dentures, dental implants can help you.

How it works

Dental implants can be used to stabilise dentures, meaning they can be cleaned, and cared for in the same way as natural ‘normal’ teeth.