Dental Implants: A More Permanent Way to Replace Lost Teeth
Here at Ladbroke Grove Dental Care we understand how upsetting it can be to lose teeth, especially as it is something that affects so many people. Teeth can be lost through trauma or decay, or through gum disease. Whatever the reason for their loss, it’s important to think about replacing them as soon as you can and one of the best ways to do so is through having dental implants. A well-designed dental implant can replace a missing tooth in a way that looks and feels incredibly natural.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant closely replicates a natural tooth. This is because it consists of a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone, replacing a tooth root. The post supports an abutment that protrudes just above the gum line and which can be used to hold a new crown, bridge or which can even help stabilise a denture.
Who Can Have a Dental Implant?
You will need to have a proper consultation to assess your suitability dental implants in Ladbroke Grove. It’s important that you are in good oral health and don’t have any untreated dental problems such as gum disease or tooth decay, or any issues that could affect healing. Your general health also matters, as if you smoke then this will also slow down healing so it’s important to be prepared to quit, at least during treatment and preferably for good. If you have any medical problems that affect your immune system then we may suggest another way of replacing missing teeth but each situation is carefully assessed.
If you decide to proceed further, then our dentist in Ladbroke Grove will need to take dental x-rays and will order a CT scan. These diagnostic tests show us the quality and quantity of your jawbone and help us plan the actual surgery. The next stage will be to actually have the implant inserted into your jawbone. Thanks to all the previous planning, this is an extremely straightforward procedure and will not take very long. If you’re missing tooth is in a visible area of your mouth, then we can provide you with a cosmetic temporary tooth while the implant heals and integrates with your jawbone. The final step will be to restore your missing tooth by making a replacement. This can be a crown, bridge or an implant supported denture.
Can Dental Implants Really Help with My Loose Denture?
Yes, and in fact treatment can be excellent for firmly holding loose dentures in place. One of the great things about using dental implants in this way is that relatively few are required to secure a complete denture. This treatment is very effective for anyone who struggles wearing a loose and uncomfortable denture, a problem that often afflicts lower denture wearers after a few years of use. Dental implants can also be used to completely replace dentures with a fixed full arch bridge that can any be removed by your dentist. Imagine no longer having to worry about your denture moving while you speak or eat with others. You’ll be able to enjoy a far greater range of foods and there will be no need to use messy denture adhesives. Interested? Book your consultation with our dentist in Ladbroke Grove today on 020 7727 9836.