Missing teeth can impact your smile and facial structure, on top of altering the way you eat, chew and even speak. It is therefore important to seek effective treatment after you have suffered from tooth loss. Dental implants offer a modern alternative to dentures, providing enhanced stability and protecting your future dental health.
At Glenholme Dental in Basingstoke, high quality dental implants are used to reconstruct missing teeth and restore smiles.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are small titanium screws placed directly into the jawbone, where they act as artificial tooth roots. They are designed to encourage local bone growth around them, which firmly secures them in place. This level of integration is achieved after several months of healing. Replacement teeth can then be fitted on top of the implants, with a single dental implant capable of holding several replacement teeth. With All-On-4 technology, just four implants can be used to reconstruct an entire jaw of teeth. However, many teeth require reconstruction, dental implants will provide a greater level of stability than traditional dentures.
The dental implant procedure
A minor surgical procedure is required to precisely place dental implants into the jawbone. Local anaesthetic is used to make sure this is a pain-free experience. For those who are particularly anxious about undergoing this procedure, sedation is also available. After a period of healing, replacement teeth will be constructed and fitted on top.
Are your teeth and gums ready for dental implants?
Dental implants are successful in up to 98% of cases. However, in order to ensure your treatment is successful, your teeth and gums will need to be in good health. Underlying conditions, such as gum disease, will therefore need to be resolved first. You will also require an adequate amount of bone to be present for your implants to be firmly secured into your jawbone. Often untreated tooth loss can result in the jawbone degenerating. In these cases additional procedures will be needed to build your bone back up.
With dental implants you can enjoy greater peace of mind, knowing that your dental health is protected against the unsightly consequences of tooth loss.