Dental implants offer a permanent solution for your missing teeth.Other alternatives for dental implants include crowns, bridges or dentures – however crowns and bridges can mean destruction of the teeth adjacent to any gap as these are used to support the new tooth. Dentures are also not always favoured as people dislike the idea of having to remove their teeth at night or to clean them! Dental implants really do provide one of the best ways to replace missing teeth for the people of Harrow and surrounding Middlesex areas.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root made from medical and dental grade titanium. The amazing thing with a titanium dental implant is that the body does not recognise it as a foreign object and so completely integrates. This means the dental implant works in harmony with your body and jaw to replace the root of any missing teeth. Each implant is placed into your mouth in the position of the missing tooth.
If we are only replacing one tooth then we will need one implant, if we are replacing two teeth then we will generally used to implants however if we are replacing between three and five teeth then often only to the dental implants will be used and we can suspend the the new teeth between these two implants. Often the implant can be placed at the same time as removal of the tooth all on the same day. This is what is known as immediate placement and is the ideal scenario.
The reason this is such a good technique is that when a tooth is removed the bone around the socket has a tendency to collapse into the space where the root was. This naturally results in a loss of bone in the affected area and in the long-term can mean that placing dental implants is more difficult.
If the dental implant is placed at the same time as the tooth is lost then the implant itself prevents additional bone loss thereby maintaining gum support and ensuring that the new tooth looks perfect.
Downsides and side-effects of dental implants
There really are very few side-effects and downsides from dental implants. One of the things you need to be aware of is that there are no nerves in the dental implant, this means the sensation when eating is slightly different. Because there are no nerves it means that your jaw is unable to detect how hard it is biting.
If you have surrounding teeth then these teeth will be able to detect the biting forces, but if you have a full mouth of dental implants then what’s known as proprioception is reduced. You just need to be careful that you don’t buy it too hard on things if you have a full mouth of dental implants. You also need to ensure that you look after the dental implant as though it is a natural tooth, ensuring that you clean adequately around it each day.
In natural teeth if you have gum disease this can move to what is known as periodontitis and with implants the disease is known as periimplantitis. This can result in the loss of bone and ultimately mean you end up losing the dental implant altogether, this is extremely rare however you need to be aware that looking after your dental implants is just as important as looking after your natural teeth.
I Live in Harrow and want a dental implant, what do I do?
If You live in the local Harrow, Wealdstone, Stanmore or Hatchend areas then we are very close by and will be happy to see you for an initial assessment. We offer a free assessment to anyone who downloads a voucher on the right-hand side of this webpage, please feel free to download this free dental implant assessment now or call us to make an appointment.