Who Can Have Dental Implants and Why Should I Consider Them?
Anyone who is facing tooth loss or who perhaps is currently wearing dentures may have thought about having dental implants. If you visit our dental practice regularly, it’s possible our dentist in Ladbroke Grove may have suggested this option. So first of all what are dental implants? Dental implants are a long-lasting way of replacing any missing tooth in your mouth. The implant post is inserted into your jawbone and is allowed to heal and integrate with the surrounding bone. Once this has occurred the post forms a secure anchorage point for a crown, bridge or denture. Treatment is amazingly versatile and the technology has been safely used for decades.
Finding out If You Are Suitable for Dental Implants
The great thing about dental implants in Ladbroke Grove is that most people will be able to benefit from this treatment. One question frequently asked is if age makes a difference and the answer is definitely not. In fact many older people have benefited immensely from having dental implants, particularly if they wore full dentures beforehand. It’s far more important that you are in good dental health and don’t have any untreated issues such as gum disease or tooth decay and that you have reasonable general health. These are things our dentist in Ladbroke Grove will want to know about during your initial consultation. They will ask about any medications you might be taking or any existing health conditions. We do screen patients very carefully for their suitability for this treatment, and you can rest assured we will only recommend dental implants if we think they are absolutely the best choice for you.
If you decide to take things a step further, we will need to carry out various diagnostic tests. These include a cone beam CT scan and dental x-rays. These tests are necessary to further determine your suitability for treatment and they help us to plan the actual surgery. The CT scan is particularly useful as it helps us to assess the amount of bone in your jaw. Your jawbone can reabsorb if you lost teeth quite some time ago or bone may have been destroyed if you had gum disease. It is important that you have enough bone to securely hold the dental implants in place but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t. These days we can do sophisticated bone grafts to build up the bone until it can support dental implants. Bone grafts can come from a number of different places, including another site in your body but we often use artificial bone which can contain growth proteins to help prompt your body to build new bone cells.
The surgical procedure to place implants is really quite quick as all the planning will have been done beforehand. This helps ensure treatment is as smooth and comfortable as possible for patients of Ladbroke Grove Dental Care. Most people find healing quick and uneventful and once the implant is restored with your new tooth it should feel just like getting your natural tooth back again.
Dental implants in Ladbroke Grove are becoming increasingly popular so if you’d like to find out more why not give us a call to book a consultation. You can phone us on 020 7727 9836.