Since they first emerged on the dental scene many moons ago, our patients have been interested in, and intrigued by, the concept of dental implants. After all, it’s incredible to think that you can replace a tooth nowadays, almost like-for-like, with a false tooth that looks and works just like the real thing. In this post, our dentists talk a bit more about our tooth implants, and also cover eligibility for treatment, and what’s involved at each stage of the process.
Who qualifies for treatment?
Most adults with missing teeth are eligible for dental implants, but there are a few factors to take into account:
– The treatment is suitable for over 18s only, to ensure the bone tissue has fully developed
– A good standard of oral health is needed (healthy teeth, mouth and gums)
– Those with gum disease and periodontal problems may not be suitable
– Those with diabetes may not be suitable
– The treatment isn’t recommended for those who smoke, as this can inhibit healing
What happens during tooth implant treatment?
Here’s a handy step-by-step guide to what happens during treatment:
- Our dentists here in Leamington Spa first check the treatment is right for you – if not, we can advise on alternative options, such as dentures.
- If you’re able to have treatment, we’ll create a custom-made tooth that will fill the space(s) left by your missing tooth (or teeth).
- After making an incision, a metal rod is inserted into the gum, which will fuse with the underlying jaw bone over time.
- Once all healed up, a porcelain crown is fitted to finish the tooth.
- You can now enjoy your beautiful, functional new tooth!
What are the benefits of tooth implants?
As well as a secure, solid new tooth, you’ll have one matched to your smile – so it won’t look out of place with the rest of your mouth. With great oral care (and regular check-ups with our Leamington Spa dentists), your new tooth implant could last a lifetime, and even better, they’re easy to care for. Our patients also love the fact that they can eat what they want with dental implants in, unlike alternatives, like dentures. Finally, the can prevent future oral problems (such as bone loss in the jaw).