Losing a tooth in the past meant major problems for the rest of the natural teeth in a person’s smile. If someone loses a tooth today the same problems can affect them if they don’t seek tooth replacement in time.
The jawbone needs stimulation to remain strong and hold its shape. This stimulation usually comes from clinking together of the teeth through the day, which is felt by the jawbone through the roots of the teeth. When a tooth is lost this stimulation stops, telling the jawbone that it is no longer needed and causing it to degenerate. This is what can cause neighbouring teeth to become unstable. At dental clinics like Dental Implants Hampshire in Hampshire, dental implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth permanently and protect the jawbone from degeneration.
How dental implants work
Implants integrate with the patient’s jawbone and behave like artificial tooth roots. Before the patient has implants placed they need to undergo a consultation to see if they are a suitable candidate for the surgery.
In Hampshire, dental implants are planned using x-rays, photos, measurements and models of the patient’s teeth. In some cases, a CT scan of the patient’s jaw will need to be taken to accurately plan the insertion point and angle of the implant screw.
When the treatment plan has been drawn up the dentist will perform the surgery. A small hole is created in the patient’s jawbone where the implant screw will be inserted. For the implant to integrate successfully, the jawbone and screw need as much contact as possible.
The advantages of dental implants
Investing in dental implant treatment, which takes anywhere between 10 to 12 weeks, can have long-lasting benefits. Dental implants in Hampshire can in fact last a lifetime, provided that the implants are looked after well enough.
If the patient has lost a single tooth then a custom-made crown can be made to fit in seamlessly with the remaining teeth.
If the patient needs more than one tooth replaced, they can opt for a dental bridge. Implants can even be used to secure a patient’s existing dentures.
As implants help the remaining teeth stay stable and healthy, they are the preferred method of tooth replacement by dentists today.