Tooth loss can occur at any age and for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is the end result of a persistent dental health problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease. However, it can also arise unexpectedly due to an accident or injury. Whatever the cause, prompt treatment is needed to minimise the damage. Once the trauma is dealt with, a long lasting solution is needed to restore the function and form of your lost teeth.
Dentures aren’t the only treatment course available today. Dental implants are available at Moor Park Specialist Dental Centre in London, providing a modern, reliable and effective solution to tooth loss.
Dental Implants Explained
Dental implants are small titanium screws that act as artificial tooth roots. They are fitted into the jawbone and encourage new bone to weave around them. This gives them superior stability when compared with dentures. Replacement teeth are attached to the dental implants, resulting in a complete restoration of your missing teeth, from top to bottom. A single dental implant can firmly hold several replacement teeth. So if you have lost several neighbouring teeth, less work is needed to reconstruct them.
The Implant Procedure
A minor surgical procedure is required to fit dental implants. Local anaesthetic is used to ensure this is a pain-free experience. For especially anxious patients, sedation is also available. Several months of healing are needed following the procedure. This gives your dental implants time to completely integrate into the jawbone. Custom made replacement teeth, designed to match your existing natural teeth, can then be attached.
If you are considering dental implants, a visit to a dentist will enable you to find out if you are ready for treatment. Dental implants can only be fitted into a mouth with healthy gums and teeth. Conditions such as tooth decay or gum disease must be resolved first. Further treatments may be needed on your underlying jawbone as dental implants require an adequate amount of bone to be present. Untreated tooth loss often results in the loss of bone. Treatments such as bone grafts may therefore be suggested to build your bone back up. With these issues addressed, you can look forward to the lifelong benefits of dental implants.