Tricks with dental implants

Dental implantIn Hampshire, dental implants are giving people back the full use of their mouths after tooth loss. These mini miracles of dental engineering are the only tooth replacement system that can give back full functionality without compromising natural teeth. And they last for the rest of the patient’s life. With benefits like these, it’s no wonder that they are so popular.

In Hampshire, dental implants are available from various dental practices, including Dental Implants Hampshire. They have been becoming increasingly available since they first appeared 40 years ago, and it is safe to say that in 2017 they have become people’s first choice for teeth replacement.

The importance of a healthy jaw

There is one prerequisite to having dental implants in Hampshire, and that is that there is enough strong, dense bone to insert the implant into. If the bone has shrunk or lost density, the implants will not be able to integrate with it well enough, will remain loose in the jawbone, and can even fall out.

In the past, people were often turned down because their jawbone wasn’t good enough to retain implants. This may have been because they had been without teeth for so long that their jawbone had started to degenerate. It may also have been because they smoked or because they had uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. This disease increases the prevalence of gum disease, which can attack the jawbone and cause implants to fall out. It is still best to give up smoking and get the diabetes under control before having implants.

However, if people were once turned down because of jawbone deterioration, it is worth having another consultation. This is because ways round this problem have been in use for some time now. Dentists can graft new bone material into the jawbone, using either bone from the patient’s body or from another source. Also, if the implants are for the upper jaw, then the dentist can use extra-long implants that go through the jawbone to anchor into the dense cheekbone above.

Sometimes finding ways round bone issues can add extra time to the length of treatment, but many patients find this is worth it.