Overcoming Tooth Loss with Dental Implants

Tooth Loss

Tooth LossTooth loss affects people of all ages. It can result from tooth decay, gum disease, accident or injury, to name just a few causes. Treating tooth loss as soon as possible will safeguard your future dental health. Today, dentures are not the only solution available.

Dental implants are a more modern alternative available at Glenholme Dental in Basingstoke, where they are placed by highly trained dentists to provide a long lasting and reliable solution to missing teeth.

The Basics of Dental Implants

Dental implants are small titanium screws that fit into the jawbone. Their innate ability to encourage local bone growth allows new bone to mesh around them, securing them in place. This provides a firm foundation for the attachment of replacement teeth and a level of stability that cannot be achieved with traditional dentures. Dental implants also come with the added benefit of protecting your jawbone from degeneration and your gums from receding, which often occurs after tooth loss.

A single dental implant can hold several replacement teeth. With All-on-4 technology, just four dental implants can be used to replace an entire jaw of teeth.

What to Expect from the Procedure

The precise placement of dental implants into the jawbone requires a minor surgical procedure. This is carried out under local anaesthetic but sedation is also available for more nervous patients. You will then need time to heal, after which your custom made replacement teeth will be attached. You will be advised on how best to take care of your dental implants. With good dental hygiene they can last as long as your natural teeth.

Can You be Fitted with Dental Implants?

The best candidates for dental implants are those who do not suffer from any underlying dental health issues, such as tooth decay or gum disease. If you do, then these conditions will need to be treated first. Your dentist will also check if you have enough bone to firmly secure the implants. Untreated tooth loss can often result in bone loss. Treatments are available to address this. In consultation with a dentist you can find out if dental implants are the right treatment for you.