Looking at why more and more people are turning to implants.
Although not the cheapest method of replacing a missing tooth, or teeth; an increasing number of patients at our Clapham practice, as elsewhere, are turning to dental implants when they have lost a tooth.
Although modern dentures are by no means redundant, and are still popular with many patients, the titanium implants that we provide at the Confidental Clinic are clearly producing the desired results for those that have them.
What are the advantages of having dental implants?
Dental implants provide a number of benefits for patients, and we will cover these shortly. It is important though, to acknowledge the main reason for all of these benefits, and that is the osseointegration process.
Unlike dentures or a bridge, which are attached to the teeth and gums through clips, adhesives or crowns, implants take a different approach entirely. The titanium implant is placed into the patient’s jawbone, and is then allowed to fully bond with the bone, before the abutment and crown are attached, finally completing the procedure.
The osseointegration process provides an extremely secure ‘artificial root’, and this is the main reason why they offer the hugely positive experience that they do.
The key benefits
The security of the artificial tooth root means that, unlike dentures, they are firmly secured in place and there is no danger of them moving around when eating or talking. This allows the patient to be fully confident when they are enjoying their food or in discussion with another person. Dental implants are often stronger than some natural teeth and should be up to the challenge of any harder food that you are likely to eat.
Aftercare is much easier too, although still extremely important. Diseases such as periodontitis and peri-implantitis can happen if you neglect the new implant, and may even cause eventual loss. Unlike bridges or dentures, which can be time consuming and tricky, implants are cleaned as you would/should your natural teeth.
In addition to brushing and flossing between the teeth, including your dental implant, we strongly recommend that our implant patients also see the hygienist at the Confidental Clinic on a regular basis for a ‘scale and polish’. This will remove any hardened bacteria that could potentially threaten not only the natural teeth, but also the titanium implant.
We are confident that if you have your implant placed at our Clapham dental clinic, you will be delighted with the outcome. Providing that you look after your new implant, and continue to do so, your implant should still be going strong after twenty years at least. In fact, the longest surviving dental implants are over 50 years old, and although we can’t guarantee that length of time, we feel sure that, with care, your implants will serve you well for many years to come.
For more information about dental implants or any of our cosmetic procedures, please call the Confidental Clinic on 020 7801 9060.