Choosing dental implants for a second chance at a healthy smile

Dental ImplantDental implants provide a second chance at a mouth full of functional, aesthetically appealing teeth for patients who have suffered tooth loss. They help to restore the action of a healthy jaw, and can last for life with proper aftercare and good oral hygiene.

Tooth loss always needs to be addressed, and it’s best to do so promptly to avoid further complications such as a loss of bone density. Traditional dental bridgework and dentures only restore the crown portions of missing teeth, whilst dental implants replace the root.

The roots of teeth are important both to keep your new teeth secure and to prevent bone loss. Bone loss is common in patients with several or all of their natural teeth missing, and can also be a side-effect of advanced periodontal disease.

At Capital Dental in Hampton, the skilled implantology team is able to treat patients who have already experienced a loss of density in their jaw bone. By performing an additional bone grafting procedure (lower jaw) or sinus lift (upper jaw) it is possible to rebuild levels of bone density so that dental implants can be placed successfully.

Implants mesh firmly with the jaw bone during a process called osseointegration, which typically takes between three and six months. This means that they form a very strong bond with the bone – similar to that of a natural tooth root – so that new teeth will stay firmly in the mouth at all times.

This eliminates many of the problems experienced by traditional denture wearers, which include:

  • Difficulty eating anything but a soft-food diet
  • Changes to speech/difficulty speaking with clarity
  • Slipping dentures which damage self-image, confidence, and can impact upon social life
  • Denture sore mouth caused by loose teeth rubbing
  • Weight loss and nutrition problems caused by dietary restrictions

Loose dentures are caused by bone loss, which alters the facial structure and means that dentures that once fitted perfectly progressively loosen over time, requiring visits to your dentist for relining, readjustment, or for the dentures to be entirely remade.

Dentures, bridgework, or single crowns attached to implants won’t change their fit, and adjustment should not be needed.