The Many Benefits of Dental Implants
Our Central London Implant Dentist Reviews….
Dental implants are perhaps one of the most beneficial dental procedures that have become part of a dentist’s repertoire in the last few decades. Although not widely known about by the majority of people until relatively recently, they are rapidly becoming a very popular alternative to dentures after a tooth has been lost.
At our Central London dental practice based in Westminster, we are able to offer this excellent tooth replacement procedure which can offer so many benefits to our patients.
What is a Dental Implant
Very basically, and this really warrants a blog post all of its own, a dental implant is a small screw like piece of equipment that is made from titanium that acts as an artificial ‘root’. This is placed directly into the jawbone and is then left for a period of time whilst the bone grows around the implant. This process, called ‘osseointegration’ is unique to titanium, hence its use.
Once this process is complete, a replacement tooth in the form of a crown is then attached to the dental implant leaving the patient with an exceptionally strong and functional replacement tooth.
The Main Benefits of Dental Implants
Although having a dental implant is seen by some as a more invasive procedure than having a partial denture or a bridge, those that have undergone it have found that it gives them a new lease of life and apart from taking good general care of it with regular brushing and flossing, they can simply forget about it and get on with their lives.
A dental implant looks great, there is really no substitute when it comes to this factor. Whilst dentures can look ok, they do tend to move around and consequently can look and feel unnatural whilst a bridge is likely to require work to be done to otherwise healthy adjacent teeth to facilitate fitting.
There is no getting away from it, with a dental implant there is no concern that it may become loose and therefore no need to restrict the types of food that can be eaten. Once the bone has grown around the implant, it will remain in place and give the patient an extremely strong replacement tooth which may be even stronger than their natural teeth. Consequently there should be no need to worry about eating harder foods for example.
A dental implant, once placed, should last for a minimum of twenty years provided that good care is taken of it. Many implants have even been known to last in excess of thirty years although this is likely also to depend on the person’s lifestyle amongst other things.
Above all, the thing that most of our patients from around Central London tell us is that their dental implant has given them a new found confidence and has left them free to eat, talk and smile without the fear of revealing a gap in their teeth or a potentially loose partial denture. Overall they advise that this has made a great difference to their lives – rewarding for them and us!