Dental Implants for Long Lasting Replacement Teeth

Why dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular choice for our Purley patients.

We all hope to keep our teeth for as long as we can, and generally a restoration such as a root canal treatment, crown or dental filling enables us to keep our natural teeth for a long time. Sometimes though, things don’t work out that way and restoration may not be an option. Accidents too, can happen, that result in the loss of a tooth. When this happens, we are faced with a number of choices.

We could simply leave the gap, but, especially if the gap is highly visible, this is not a good option. It can also cause other teeth to move and become crooked. Dentures and dental bridges can also be used and we will discuss these in another blog, in the future.

Dental Implants

Our preferred option, at the Confidental Clinic in Purley, to replace a missing tooth, is the dental implant. An increasing number of our patients too are asking for them to be placed, rather than dentures or bridges, but why is this?

First of all, you might ask what a dental implant is. Briefly, it is a screw like object that is made from titanium and is placed into the jawbone. Incidentally, the bone contains relatively few nerves and is not especially susceptible to pain, despite how it might appear to some. The implant is then allowed to fuse with the bone for a period of time, usually about three months. Once this has happened, a crown is placed onto it to give a fully functioning replacement tooth.

Why implants?

There are many benefits to having dental implants placed that certainly make up for the longer treatment period.

Strength – Dental implants, once fully integrated are very strong. There is no reason why you should not eat the same foods as you would with your natural teeth.

Longevity – Implants, with care, generally should last for more than twenty years, with times in excess of thirty years not uncommon.

Aftercare – Unlike dentures or bridges, where special care has to be taken when cleaning, dental implants can be cleaned in the same manner as natural teeth.

Bone structure – When a tooth has been lost, the bone density in that area decreases and can cause facial shape change. By having an artificial root placed in the form of an implant, this will be significantly reduced.

If you are unfamiliar with dental implants and would like to discuss them as an option to replace a missing tooth, please call the Confidental Clinic in Purley, to arrange a consultation, on 020 8660 8923.