For people who have tooth loss or teeth that cannot be restored, there may be a variety of treatments including dental implants open to them.
Loss of a tooth can have many long-term effects, affecting a patient’s dental functionality, looks and potentially self-confidence too. Until recently, dental implants in Southampton were an expensive, long and intricate procedure, only available to patients with complex clinical situations and those able to invest significant sums of money. Various clinics offer dental implants, including Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic.
But over recent years, technology has advanced so that dental implants are accessible to many more patients, enabling them to benefit from this dental innovation. Even if multiple teeth have been lost, it may be possible to tackle this using dental implants in Southampton.
How do dental implants work?
A dental implant replaces the missing tooth’s root. They are usually made from titanium, a metal with biosimilar properties that enables bone and blood vessels to grow around it, creating a firm base.
Dental implants usually have a thread or other connection to allow one or more teeth to be attached, thus replacing the missing ones. A dental implant can either replace one tooth, several teeth, or even a whole arch using several implants. In cases where the jawbone is no longer strong enough to support an implant there are still options available, including procedures to build up the jawbone using bone grafts, or even anchoring the implant into the cheekbone.
The stability of the crown, bridge, denture or other component attached to the implant depends on how the new implant anchors to the bone. Generally, this process takes several weeks or months.
Who is suitable for dental implants?
Dental implants are appropriate for most adults who have good general health. They are not suitable for younger patients whose jawbone have not stopped growing. General good health promotes good bone healing, so additional issues such as gum disease usually need to be treated before a dental implant can be done.
If a patient has tooth loss, it is important that they understand the benefits of dental implants before making any decisions. They should also discuss their wishes and needs with a dental practice with experience in dental implants in Southampton.