Dental implants: a modern approach to restoring missing teeth

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Tooth decay, gum disease and injury can all lead to tooth loss. Once the initial trauma is dealt with, it is important to seek prompt treatment to restore missing teeth. Untreated tooth loss can cause the underlying jawbone and gums to shrink. This can make neighbouring teeth more prone to damage and even to falling out themselves. Triggering a cycle of tooth loss can eventually affect facial structure, resulting in a sunken-cheeked appearance. Modern dentistry offers a clinically proven and reliable solution: dental implants.

Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots and are used across the UK to treat the loss of one, several or all teeth. In Oxfordshire, Chipping Norton Dental Implant Centre is a dental practice dedicated to dental implant treatment. This long lasting solution to tooth loss brings patients immediate and long-term benefits.

Dental implants: the basics

Made of lightweight titanium, dental implants are small screws that are placed into the jawbone. Here they support local bone growth to lock them into place. This gives them enhanced stability and in the long run also protects your jawbone from degenerating. Once they have fully integrated into the jawbone, after about three to six months, replacement teeth are attached on top.

The implant journey

A thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth will be carried out to see if you are ready to undergo dental implant treatment. Poor dental health will need to be addressed first as dental implants work best in a healthy mouth. Your jawbone will also be examined to see if there is enough to hold your dental implants. Bearing all of this in mind, your dentist will then put together a treatment plan for you. A 3D scan of your teeth will help plan exactly where your dental implants will be placed.

Your implants will be fitted under local anaesthetic, with sedation also available for more nervous patients. After a period of healing, an abutment will be fitted. This is a dental fixture that connects your implant to the replacement tooth or teeth, which will be added last. You will then be advised on how to take care of your dental implants for long lasting results.