A dental implant is a stable replacement for a missing tooth or set of teeth. Feeling like a natural tooth it can restore the confidence which is often lost when you have gaps in your smile. Missing teeth can also make you more vulnerable to oral health issues such as gum disease and further tooth loss.
Let’s examine the benefits of this dental procedure.
Good for bone structure
A dental implant restores the whole tooth, helping to preserve and stimulate bone growth. It involves minor surgery with the titanium post acting as the tooth root by being inserted into the jawbone. This prevents any damage to other existing teeth and can also prevent degradation in the jawbone as bone mass may be lost where it is not supporting a tooth. A dental implant replicates a natural tooth, helping to stimulate bone growth which helps prevent the potential for other teeth to move over time.
Strength and durability
If looked after correctly dental implants may last a lifetime, dental implants can last for 30 years or more. The fact they are fixed into the jawbone makes them a strong tooth replacement. It provides peace of mind in the tooth, that it will not dislodge or come away when eating certain foods. With a dental implant you can still eat and enjoy all your favourite foods without the worry it may damage your replacement tooth.
Like having a natural tooth
As the dental implant sits flush with the gum it looks just like one of your natural teeth. It helps maintain the natural look and shape of your face, giving you confidence in your appearance and smile. They are cared for in exactly the same way you would care for natural teeth too, with regular brushing and flossing. A dental implant can have plaque and tartar build-up, so maintaining regular dental appointments for check-ups and professional cleaning is still just as important.
No matter if it is one tooth or a set of missing teeth a dental implant restores the whole missing tooth, whereas other options only reproduce the crown of the tooth, resulting in possible degradation of the jawbone.
Gallions Reach Dental Clinic can provide advice and deliver the right treatment for your dental concerns. For more information, please call us.
BDS (Lon), DPDS (Bris), D Imp Dent RCSEd, DwSi
Born in 1974 in Brentwood, Essex, Daniel ‘always wanted to be a dentist’ and proudly qualified from The Royal London Hospital in 1997. He has worked at Gallions Reach since 2001. His hobbies include running marathons and recently (unsuccessfully) attempting to swim the English Channel. A season ticket holder at Upton Park, Daniel keenly follows the ups and (mainly) downs of West Ham United!