Tooth loss can happen for a variety of reasons and preventing it, is not always possible. Adults lose their teeth due to poor oral hygiene and bad dietary habits, but also because of old age, accidents, injuries or oral health complications such as gum disease and tooth decay. Tooth loss can lead to considerable oral health problems in the long run, including further tooth loss.
Dental implants give patients a greater chance to enjoy lifelong dental health after tooth loss. An experienced implant dentist in Gloucester, such as Implant & Ceramic Dental Studio,will examine a patient’s teeth carefully and determine whether implants are the right treatment. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants integrate with the jawbone preventing its further deterioration, while at the same time encouraging bone growth and regeneration.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium screws that are surgically inserted into the jawbone by a dentist in Gloucester, replacing missing tooth roots. As titanium is compatible with the human body, the jawbone will grow into the threads of the screw and hold the dental implants securely in place. Once the implant sites have healed (this may take several weeks or months), the dentist in Gloucester will complete the dental implant treatment by attaching replacement teeth such as crowns, bridges or dentures. Replacement teeth supported by dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
Who can have dental implants?
Ideal patients for dental implants are people in good general health, who have healthy gums and have enough jawbone density to hold the dental implants in place. Patients with jawbone shrinkage may not be able to have dental implants unless they have a bone graft to first build their jawbone back up.
Overall, dental implants are versatile and can be used for many patients who wish to replace one, several or a whole jaw of missing teeth. An experienced dentist in Gloucester will determine whether dental implants are a viable option for each individual patient. This will involve a thorough oral examination, x-rays and perhaps also CT scans to ensure precise and careful planning of treatment.