Tooth loss can happen at any age. The causes are varied, from unexpected injury to persistent conditions such as tooth decay or gum disease. Dentures are no longer the only treatment option available. Dental implants are a modern, reliable alternative that provide enhanced stability for your replacement teeth. This clinically proven technology is used at Dental Implants Hampshire in Hampshire to treat a range of tooth loss cases.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. They sit within the jawbone, just as your natural tooth roots do. Made from lightweight titanium, they are able to encourage local bone growth. This ensures that once fitted, they will fully integrate into the jawbone. Replacement teeth are attached to the implants and provide greater stability than traditional dentures.
What you can expect from the procedure
The fitting of dental implants is one of the more complex dental procedures. It is carried out under local anaesthetic to make it a pain-free experience. Your gums will need time to heal after the treatment. This will give your dental implants the chance to fully secure themselves into the jawbone. On your return visit to the dentist, you can begin the process of having your replacement teeth designed, constructed and fitted. The final outcome will be a natural look and feel to your newly reconstructed teeth.
What are the main benefits?
Dental implants provide several key advantages over dentures. The first will become apparent as soon as your procedure is complete, namely the enhanced stability allowing you to eat tough and chewy foods without worrying about your replacement teeth slipping out of place. In the long-term, your implants will also protect your jawbone from degeneration and your gums from receding – two common consequences of untreated tooth loss.
Are dental implants appropriate for you?
Dental implants are most successful in a healthy mouth. This means underlying dental issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease, must be dealt with first. An adequate amount of bone must also be present for your implants to fully take hold. Treatments are available to treat patients lacking enough bone density, such as a bone graft. Dental implants can then be fitted so you can enjoy the long-lasting benefits.