With a very high success rate over the past 50 years, dental implants have rapidly become the standard of care for the replacement of missing teeth. From a single tooth to the replacement of full arches, dental implants are preferred by many patients because they look, feel and function just like normal teeth. Recent advances in cosmetic dentistry have led to the creation of different types of implants, providing more options to patients than ever.
At All Smiles Dental in Bromley, dental implants provide the best opportunity for our dentists to recreate the function and appearance of natural teeth. Dental implants are truly able to improve your oral and overall health as well as enhance the quality of your life. Our experienced dentists will guide you through the treatment and answer all your questions.
Understanding how dental implants work
Dental implants are small titanium posts, which are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Essentially, they act as replacements for missing tooth roots. Because they are made of titanium, which is compatible with the human body, the bone bonds with the implants creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth such as crowns, bridges or dentures.
Benefits of dental implants
Unlike removable dentures that tend to become loose over time, dental implants are very comfortable and do not impede your speech. Since they are permanently fixed, you won’t have to worry dislodging them or missing them. Unlike bridges, dental implants do not rely on health tooth enamel for support. You can take care of them just as you would your natural teeth, yet your dentist may recommend a specialised mouth wash. More importantly, dental implants give sufficient pressure on the jawbone and prevent its deterioration.
Am I eligible for dental implants?
Generally, most patients are good candidates for dental implants as long as they are over 18, have good oral and general health and sufficient bone in their jaw. Certain conditions such as heart disease and diabetes can hinder the healing process of dental implants, therefore, it is advisable to consult your dentist in advance. Finally, smokers are encouraged to quit in advance of implant surgery, since smoking can seriously compromise the success of their dental implants.