Teeth, they are meant to last a lifetime but people are living longer than ever before. As the years roll by, tooth loss can seem inevitable. Thankfully it’s consequences, namely jawbone deterioration, gum recession and diminished oral function, needn’t be inevitable. In fact they are most certainly avoidable with dental implants in Southampton.
Dentures and bridges do a great job of replacing missing crowns but there is only one tooth replacement option that replaces both the crowns and the roots: dental implants. In Southampton patients can visit any number of practices, including Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic, and find this innovative treatment on offer.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts or screws. They mimic natural tooth roots and provide a stable base for the attachment of replacement crowns.
How are Dental Implants Fitted?
Minor oral surgery is required to fit dental implants in Southampton. Small channels are carefully created within the jawbone, into which the implants are placed. This is carried out under local anaesthetic; with fewer nerve endings in the jawbone than the teeth this is more than enough to keep patients comfortable.
After surgery the implants need time to fully integrate with the jawbone. New bone tissue will weave around them, after which custom-made replacement teeth can be attached on top.
How May Teeth Can Dental Implants Replace?
As many as needed, from a single tooth to an entire jaw of teeth. What’s more, as one dental implant can support up to 3 crowns, fewer implants are needed to support a full jaw of teeth. In fact, using a technique known as All-on-4, a full arch of teeth can be restored with just 4 dental implants.
Who is Suitable for Implant Treatment?
Most patients in good oral health, aside from their tooth loss, are suitable for treatment with dental implants. However, a thorough oral examination is needed, including x-rays and 3D scans. This will help the implant dentist determine whether the patient’s jawbone is strong enough to hold the implants in place.
What Aftercare is Needed?
Dental implants can be taken care of in just the same way as natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental check-ups.