Dental implants have been taking the world by storm since they were first used in dental practices in the 1980s. This is because they are one of the most effective types of dental restoration. And even though they have been around for more than 30 years, many patients still haven’t heard of this stable, permanent solution to the problem of missing teeth.
At Adams Dental in North London, dental implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth – from a single tooth to a whole set of dentures.
Supporting natural teeth with dental implants
In North London, dental implants can also protect the rest of your natural teeth. This is because they provide the stimulation that your jawbone needs to remain stable and in shape.
Our jawbone needs high bone density to support teeth effectively. When we lose a natural tooth, the stimulation that’s usually provided by the root stops and the bone and gums begin to recede and change shape. This can put the rest of your natural teeth at risk as they can begin to drift into the gap left by the lost tooth.
How dental implants are fitted
A dental implant is fitted during minor surgery. A small hole is drilled in the jawbone to allow the implant to be fitted. The implant itself is a titanium screw that integrates with the bone over a period of several weeks. Once the implant is secured in place, your dentist can fit a replacement crown onto it.
How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants in North London?
Dental implants are very versatile and can support a wide range of different tooth replacement options. One of the beauties of implants is that you don’t usually require one implant per replacement tooth. A single implant can support up to three replacement teeth. The number of teeth supported by a single implant depends on the bone density and stability of the implant upon insertion.
Implants can also secure loose dentures, bringing a new lease of life to old, worn out dentures. This means you can enjoy all kinds of food again and laugh and smile without inhibition.